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08/09/2016: Akron Water System Update

This is a message from John Asmus, Village of Akron Chief Water Plant Operator.

My team and I are aware of the recent taste and odor issues in parts of the system.  We are dealing with an abnormally high water temperature in the reservoir due to the unusual summer weather pattern.  This causes our system, and many others, to make adjustments to process control, treatment changes and additional testing to monitor these changes.

This is not a health or safety issue, but rather a taste & odor issue.  We have had no problems with chlorine residuals and have performed more than the recommended bacteria tests to ensure safe water for our customers.  As of this past Sunday August 7, 2016, the water leaving the plant has returned to normal taste quality, however, it should take a week or so to flush through the system.

On a positive note, the reservoir is only 30" below the spillway, well within the normal operating range for this time of year despite the area's severe drought condition.  For a reference, at 48" below the spillway, we would post a "voluntary water conservation notice" to begin conserving water.  Be aware of any unusual standing water and report it to the Village as water line breaks are more prevalent during droughts and extremely cold conditions.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Village of Akron Water Plant at 585-547-9410 or email the plant at