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Parts of Wakulla County report murky, smelly water

Talquin is flushing its water lines
Posted at 7:42 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 19:42:36-05

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — People in the northern part of Wakulla County say that their water has been murky for weeks, and smells and tastes like sulfur.

The ground in Wakulla is limestone, so hard water is to be expected. It doesn't pose a safety risk, but it does require more soap and detergent and is more likely to leave behind stains.

While the water may not look or taste great, Talquin says it may not be of any concern.

According to Talquin Electric, there isn't a lot of ground water because Wakulla hasn't seen enough rain. This is causing the well Talquin uses to pump water from the bottom of the aquifer, bringing up more sulfur.

"It is hydrogen sulfide that they're experiencing,” said John Hallas, Talquin Water Services Manager. “There is no harm with it, but we don't expect the members to drink smelly water."

Talquin is flushing its water lines, and recommends residents flush their own as well. Hallas says if you see a hydrant pouring water, that's just Talquin flushing its water lines.

"We have hydrants and flushing stands open throughout the system just to make sure that water's changing out and turning over so that we can get our members the best fresh quality water that we can," Hallas said.

If you have a faint smell, just run some hot water until it goes away. But, if the smell is stronger, there's another option.

“There is a flushing port at the bottom of most hot water heaters to give it a good flush and make sure they're getting the best water they can," Hallas explained.

If the issue continues, give Talquin a call at (850) 893-6853.