Bene 3 Aug 06, 2019 02:12 PM Mesa Lane Water Smells? I live on the Mesa and my water smelled GREAT until the desal started running a couple years back. Now my water alternates between "swampy" smell and taste and strong chemical fumes. It almost seems like the water gets very brackish and "polluted" and then they suddenly dump in excessive chemicals to counteract. It's not at all healthy and my family has been suffering rashes and other health problems since. But there is nothing really to be done about this except to move, I think. A group of people have been trying to deal with the water dept about this for some time, but only meeting denial and evasion. It's very political as massive money was spent on the desal plant. It also could be said that the SB desal plant is doing something somewhat unprecedented as it delivers 100 percent desal to some areas and other areas get none or a mixture. Other desal plants like the Carlsbad one always mix the desal with other water sources. Other countries have had problems with 100 percent desal. With some exceptions, the main areas getting 100 percent desal in SB are the poorer areas like downtown, Ladera area, lower Milpas, Mesa, city college, etc. where a majority of residents are poorer Latino families, and students---less likely to complain. If this crappy water was being pumped at 100 percent to Montecito and Hope Ranch type areas, bet there would be something done.