Cedar Key City Officials Trying to Ease Water Woes
As a result of record drought and a quickly falling water table, the tap water in Cedar Key is developing a distinct taste.
Thanks to salt water intrusion, that taste is sodium chloride, also known as salt.
The City's Water District says they first noticed the spike in salinity levels Memorial Day weekend.
The problem is currently affecting around 500 people in the area.
30 year resident of Cedar Key Mike Leiner says, "...my wife started to mention last week that the water started to taste a little strange. I don't know if that was a coincidence or not."
Manuel Maldonado, an employee at "Steamers Restaurant," in Cedar Key says the water problem has affected business, "A couple tables today, either didn't order drinks at all because our soda machines run off the water and then some other people brought their own bottled water in."
Representatives from the Water District traveled to Chiefland to do a little shopping and came back with 1200 gallons of water to distribute to their customers.
Nestle also supplied over 2500 gallons of water.
The city is working towards setting up a reverse osmosis plant that will filter salt out of the drinking water supply.
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