Funky water upsetting folks living, working in Guthrie

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - Stinky tap water has a lot of Guthrie residents turning to bottled water.

City officials confirm high levels of manganese were found in Guthrie Lake, one of the primary sources of water for treatment and distribution to the public.

The city manager said the odor, distaste and water discoloration is due to what’s called 'Lake Turnover,' which tends to happen during season changes.

People working and living in Guthrie can't get away from the funk in the city's water system.

"We dump out more coffee and tea than anybody should have to," said Shawna Oclaray, server at Katie's Diner.

"Oh, it's terrible. The taste. You can smell the water. You can taste it," said Jeff Long, who lives in Guthrie.

Servers at Katie's Diner, like Oclaray, said they get complaints every day.

"As many customers as I have, so probably 200," Oclarly said.

"If it doesn't look right, if it doesn't smell right, it doesn't taste right, it's probably not right," said Bruce Johnson, city manager.

Guthrie's city manager is well aware of the problem.

The Guthrie Public Works Authority serves about 4,000 customers, treating water from three sources, Cottonwood Creek, Liberty Lake and Guthrie Lake.

Due to high temperatures and lack of rain, high levels of manganese came to the surface of Guthrie Lake, causing the odor, discoloration and bad taste.

"We have enough chemicals that are in our water that will naturally kill and dissolve some of that manganese, and often times the manganese will often times settle out in our system," Johnson said.

Some folks are hoping for quicker solutions, telling us showers have become unbearable.

"Oh, you smell it. It's like I hold my breath and take the quickest shower I can," Long said.

"Bottled water all the time. I have a newborn baby, and I'm scared to bathe her in it, because it looks bad some days," Oclarlay said.

The city has switched to Liberty Lake from their primary source of water for now as they continue to monitor the system.

Guthrie city leaders said the stinky water is not toxic and safe for use and that the quality.

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