Over her two-plus decades in Austin, Leslie Gompf has come to accept that every year or so, the drinking water “tastes too yucky for me to drink it.”
She knows about the algae blooms that cause the taste. But lately she had several recent conversations that left her wondering if the algae emit toxins — and if anyone is monitoring the toxins. She has also wondered if they are fed by natural runoff or if there is any particularly type of dumping that causes them. So she asked the American-Statesman.
Something worth noting up front: The City of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority monitor toxicity levels to make sure the water is safe, both for swimming in and drinking.
So the short answer to Gompf’s query is, well …