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Musty tasting water concerns residents in Pleasanton

Original post made on Aug 13, 2013

Pleasanton residents may have noticed an earthy-musty taste and odor in their water starting in late July, according to Zone 7, but not to worry: It's a temporary condition caused by warm summer conditions, and does not affect drinking-water safety.

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Comments (13)

Posted by GeoffC, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

What I really notice about water in the Pleasanton during the summer are all the mineral deposits left on our dishes and glasses after being 'washed' in the dishwasher. The glasses, especially, become very cloudy as the summer progresses. This is something we battle every summer and still don't really have a very satisfactory solution.

Posted by Q. Where does new Pleasanton Treatment plant serve?, a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

I'd hoped the "new" large filtration plant near Santa Rita and Stoneridge would improve the deplorable water quality- but apparently it does not serve my area?
Also, does anyone know how I can get the thick white scum from the lawn sprinklers off the car?

Posted by tim, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

time for another rate increase.

Posted by wondering, a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

can you tell me how to deal with the cloudy glasses? they look dirty, even after being in the dish washer. I thought I needed a new dishwasher!

Posted by Leland, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

We don't have this problem in Ruby Hill. Perhaps this falls under you get what you pay for?

Posted by joneser, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

What a disgusting, elitist comment. What a pig you are!

Posted by cheap solutions, a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

Vinegar breaks down hard water spots. I pour it directly into the "jet dry" reservoir in my dishwasher. I wash all my counters down with a mixture of vinegar and water, add it to my washing machine as a fabric softener....

Posted by joneser, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

The solution to the cloudy dishes is to get a water softener and to use a rinse agent in the dishwasher.
The only solution to the mineral residue on cars is to park the car where it does not get sprinkled, or adjusting your sprinklers so they don't spray your car. The residue is almost possible to remove, if it accumulates over time, without damaging the car's finish.

Posted by Vicky, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

Yes you may not get it in Ruby Hills, but you all live in a giant cage!! Doh!!

Posted by Tracy, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

Happens this time every year. Taste will be great after the rains start again. Is it the well water here in Pleasanton that tastes so good? Read something about it years ago in the Weekly. Seems twice a year the water tastes great, and at least once a year it tastes really dirty (right now).

Posted by DJ, a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 14, 2013 at 11:02 am


The best thing I have found to get rid of the white spots on your car is Meguiar's Water Spot Remover. You can find it at your local auto parts store.

Posted by Judy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

LemiShine is the answer to the cloudy glasses.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Check the openings that the water spray comes out of, for each spray arm and nozzel. These openings can get clogged with caked soap. I have found this to be the cause of our "cloudy dishware" problems. Use 1/2 the recommended soap that the manufacturer specifies. Using 1/2 cup of CLR once a month in an empty dishwasher can prevent water hardness buildup.

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