Cachuma Blue-Green Algae in Goleta Water
By an edhat reader
If your water from the tap in Goleta is not tasting all that great, which it never does due to the high level of salts, a new flavor might be involved...something from blue-green algae that is hard to remove.
Evidently, the high temperatures (thanks global warming!) over at the lake caused a bit of a bloom. Cyanobacteria can be harmful, but the water quality is reportedly meeting the secondary standards for taste and odor. They are treating water to try to reduce the contaminate. Read more at https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/what/index.html .
Sometimes, blue-green algae can be helpful, see https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-923/blue-green-algae .
However, I wish that they had informed the community of this so a call was not necessary to solve the mystery of the dirt/metal taste.