Those complaints prompted EBMUD to go back to pulling deeper water on Monday.
But, Figueroa warns they may have to change again.
“With our supplies dwindling because of so little precipitation this year, we may have to go back and start pulling water from higher up in the coming weeks or months,” she said.
Figueroa said the treated water is safe to drink. She said the taste and odor problems should go away by the end of the week.
The agency needs to preserve some of Pardee’s colder water for a fall release to help salmon spawn, Figueroa said.
EBMUD is obligated to release some if that colder water later this year to help salmon in the Mokelumne River. The colder water is better for salmon to spawn.
Earlier this year, the agency reported its work on that project was paying off. Despite the drought, more than 12,000 Chinook salmon returned to the river last fall to spawn. According to the agency, that was one of the river's largest runs in the last 75 years.