Chlorine, which made the city’s prized water unpalatable to some, is no longer present following completion of a new aluminum dome over one of the city’s main reservoirs.
A windstorm in February ripped the balloon covering off the central reservoir, making chlorination necessary until a new cover could be built. The treatment ensured that the water was not contaminated by airborne bacteria, officials said.
But the chlorinated water tasted, smelled and looked different from Azusa’s normally pristine supply and was not popular.
“We got a lot of complaints,” said water Supt. Bill Redcay. The reservoir, which Redcay said is the heart of the city’s water system, provides water for a majority of Azusa’s 36,000 residents.
Redcay said the cover cost the city nearly $200,000 and was completed in August. However, the city did not receive state approval to end chlorination until this month, he said.