Las Vegas Sun

October 19, 2019

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Ask Mr. Sun:

Why does the water here taste so awful?

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High calcium and magnesium content gives our water that duststorm-in-a-cup flavor. The snowmelt that fills Lake Mead gathers the minerals on its journey.

The note of chlorine — the chemical used to disinfect it — also offends some palates.

A community advisory panel in the mid-1990s debated whether it would be worth the cost for additional processing to further clean and soften the water. A consensus emerged that if individuals wanted to pay for home purification systems for better-tasting water they could, but the community as a whole shouldn’t take on the expense when most of the water ends up being poured on lawns anyway.

Alas, not everyone hates the water. Sen. Bob Coffin, D-Las Vegas, said at a recent legislative hearing that he tells waiters he’ll have Lake Mead with a twist. “Lemon helps soften it — it’s good water,” he said.

When the lake gives you dusty water, make lemonade.

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