The National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN) reassured Panama City residents that the drinking water from the Chilibre water treatment plant is fit for human consumption.
At a press conference on Wednesday, IDAAN director Guillermo Torres, told reporters that the institute’s water quality experts noticed that the water’s smell was a bit off and administered appropriate tests.
“When sampling at the Alajuela lake, they confirmed that the change in water is caused by the decomposition of organic matter in the lake bed, a recurring condition, typical of the dry season and known to our scientists,” he said.
In response, the plant adjusted the chemical dosage used to purify and reduce the smell of water.
The Chilibre plant, also known as the Federico Guardia Conte plant, supplies much of Panama City.