The Dalles fire gives water smoky taste, smell

The Dalles fire gives water smoky taste, smell

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The Dalles fire gives water smoky taste, smell

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 24, 2013 at 11:27 AM

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) -- Residents of an Oregon town on the Columbia River gorge have complained about a smoky taste and smell in their water.

Turns out, it wasn't their imaginations: Public health authorities say a nearby wildfire burning in a drainage basin contributed the sooty aroma to the town's drinking water.

Background: Wind fans flames as The Dalles wildfire grows to 12,000 acres

The Dalles Chronicle reports the fire dropped burning debris into the stream.

Aside from the aesthetic issues, authorities say the water poses no health risks.

The city is considering mixing in well water from city reservoirs to dilute the water affected by the fire. They are also evaluating options at the local water treatment plant.

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