By an edhat reader
The Goleta water is abnormally chalky and bad tasting. Yes, worse than usual. What and where is this happening? Three people I know in Isla Vista complaining so far.
Why are you drinking tap water?
Because that's what Goletans pay for! Big question, though, is why are the Goleta water board members paid so much $$ while the Santa Barbara water board members are volunteers? Goleta councilmembers also are paid more than their Santa Barbara equivalents for the amount of time they put in. Obviously, it's a rich little city and money goes to salaries not water quality.
pay for "clean water", drinking water can and should be filtered before consumption.
toilet/ shower water, cooking water, lawn water those are what you pay for. filtered perfect water, is not what you pay for.
When has Goleta water not tasted terrible? Get a Brita pitcher for the water. We also installed a hard water filter just for the water heater. Cuts down on the hard water deposits in the dishwasher and makes showers nice and silky.
I also remember someone years ago describing Goleta water as "crunchy."
Don't drink the tap water!
We used to joke that Goleta water tasted like"Pond water with frogs in it".
Of course we all grew up big and strong so maybe there is something to the "crunchyness" that is beneficial.
Chico, we give the tap water to our cats, because the minerals are good for them. Plus, they don't mind the taste!
Goleta tap water has been horrible since I moved to the area in 1975. Stinky too.
The Goleta Water District was exercising some valves to keep them from freezing up due to a build-up of Calcium and Magnesium, the loosened minerals are now coming out your tap.
They suggest you run all your faucets and hoses for a few minutes to flush out your lines and get cleaner tasting water again. Took us about 10days before it started to taste/smell more "normal".
Thanks for the info , Jackal. I'm wondering if only IV is affected. My friends in the rest of Goleta don't seem to notice a difference. I can't remember this happening before. To the other comments about drinking tap water......no, the water is not pristine artesian spring water, but I find it pretty good with a Britta filter, which takes out the algae bloom and chlorine. It leaves the minerals in, which has been OK...up until recently.
I grew up in town, don't remember it ever being this bad in the past either. We now live off of Turnpike, and heard other reports of bad water from this area, Old Town, and evidently now IV too.
We also use Brita, been fine til now. I'd say it's been about two weeks since the start, still not back to fully normal, but much better.
Yes, it seems a bit better in IV now, but not much. The taste of it reminds me of the taste I get in my mouth when I spray Lime-a-way. This is messed up !!
Yes, it's not pleasant in the least! I still have a light flavor/smell of it...
The level of chorine in Goleta water can be very high at times. I did a demonstration for a class once where I took Los Angeles tap water, Goleta tap water, bottled spring water and added pool chemistry drops to all three. The spring and Los Angeles water barely registered for chlorine, but the Goleta water got bright yellow and, based on the color scale, approached the chlorine level commonly found in hot tubs. That's pretty gross. I second the recommendation of the Britta pitcher.
There is no reason why we should not have potable tap water. It is only a question of spending money on basic infrastructure. This is exactly what government should be doing. Instead we are arguing about the cost of everything and ignoring that our society spends monstrous amounts of money willingly on frills and waste. As a group we need to prioritize this stuff. Safe water. Safe and effective schools. Proper law enforcement and justice system resources. Transportation systems that are quick and effective and comfortable. Clean air. These are all better use of money than subsidizing people like Caruso who parades his obscenely wealthy yacht before the plebeians without embarrassment or shame.
Decades ago I did an article for The Independent about local water quality, and was told by an official in Sacramento that the "passable" standard for drinking water was lowered to include our level of particulates. Crunchy water, indeed.
We had to disable our RO system due to a remodeling job. We tried filtering Goleta water with a Brita filter. Still bad. Now we're drinking "purified" water from the supermarket. Can't wait until we get our new RO system up and running.
Yep, "flushing out the lines" is the answer always given :-( ...Santa Barbara 'COUNTY' has bad tasting water. I have an RO system AND a Brita filter and I still think it tastes awful (to much chlorine & bad PH imbalance). I remember reading about a water tasting (like wine tasting) event. The description of ours was.... "Like sucking on a wet band aid" ! I couldn't agree more :-(
Exactly. Tap water in San Francisco tastes delicious in comparison.
Shoot the way things are going we are lucky to HAVE water. With all the building Goleta's doing we will likely run out one of these years, maybe soon. Really.
To all of you who are complaining, you have a chance to vote for real change in November. There are three Board members up for re-election and you could vote for the other three candidates who are running in opposition! Or would you rather just complain?
Yes, it appears to be an unsustainable path...for many reasons and not just water. But the almighty dollar will win every time unless people care about the future and tighten their belts now. Look at how LA has stolen water from so many to supply LA's expansion. Mexico City did the same. Some buildings there have partially sunk and are tipped because of taking so much ground water. Most buildings only have water for a couple hours a day. They have gone hundreds of miles and stolen water from many, many farms to try to supply the city. That's unbridled capitalism .
Who are you advocating, and why?
@Surfer It’s not unbridled capitalism, its poor planning and overpopulation.
Poor planning and overpopulation are driven by unbridled capitalism. Capitalism thrives on population growth....the more people=the more demand for products/services. For a long time that increased people's "standard of living"...ie, more food production , better cars, bigger boats, modern appliances, better medicine etc. Real estate prices soar along with it all. But there comes a point to redefine "standard of living". Basically it means how "well off" a person is. In other words, a fancy cars don't seem that great when you can't breathe the air, the fish are all depleted from our oceans, you can't drink the water, the food is poisoned, the traffic is unbearable...etc etc. To reverse the steamroller of capitalism takes "better planning" and it takes the mind set of people to change. It takes the will of the people to sacrifice and to change their lives...and to vote for the people who will have the guts to do it. Like physical exercise and diet.... it's painful at first, but in the end you are better off.