Tyler’s Golden Road Water Treatment Plant will be taken offline today as part of ongoing construction, leaving the Lake Palestine Water Treatment plant the sole provider of treated water for the city through March.

At this time last year, consumers noticed a spike in geosmin, an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma, coming from Lake Palestine.

Naturally present in foods such as beets, spinach and mushrooms, geosmin is nontoxic and safe to eat.

Running both treatment plants together usually minimizes the amount ofdetectable geosmin.

While the Lake Palestine plant is typically able to remove 95% or more of the geosmin compound between the raw water sample and the treated samples, geosmin is detectable by humans at a very low taste and odor threshold, which is why it is treated for year-round.

Customers experiencing strong “earthy” taste and odor in their water can contact the Water Service Center at (903) 531-1285 to report their location.