Lewis Griswold

Rotten egg smell in Hanford water vanquished by chlorination

The rotten egg smell in Hanford tap water is a thing of the past now that the city is chlorinating its water.

Chlorine neutralizes or masks the odor caused by naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide in the water supply, the city said.

But with change comes a fresh problem: a chlorine taste that some don’t like.

“I’d rather have the (rotten egg) smell than the taste of the chlorine,” said longtime resident Bruce Pickering.

Former Mayor Dan Chin is equally old school: “Hanford water never bothered me. I was raised on it.”

But it’s true that newcomers would hold their noses, he said.

For decades, Hanford did not chlorinate its water because the city’s H2O tested clean, therefore chlorination to kill germs was not required under state regulations, said John Doyel, deputy public works director.

But contamination numbers rose after dirt got into the lines, prompting the state to issue a notice of violation and order the city to chlorinate, he said.

Chlorination went into full effect in January and city phones started ringing almost immediately, Doyel said.

“The public is happy we did something about the egg smell,” he said. “It wasn’t the intent, but we’ll take it.”

Meanwhile, the chlorine taste is boosting traffic at Purified Water & Ice in Hanford, a retail store that sells treated water to people who bring their own jugs.

“We are getting waves of customers,” owner Brad Luis said. “People tell me, ‘I don’t want to drink pool water.’ ”

LONDON 5K: Legendary coach Jim White of McFarland High School will be the honored guest at the 2nd annual Library for London 5K run March 28 in London.

White, portrayed in the new movie “McFarland,” will give a prerace speech, said organizer Robert Isquierdo.

London is a tiny town in Tulare County where Isquierdo, who grew up there, is trying to get a library started.

Joining White will be former runners from McFarland High who were on teams that won nine state titles from 1987 to 2001.

Runners can register at www.libraryforlondon.com or Soul 2 Soul stores in Fresno and Visalia. 5K: adults, $20; kids, $10; Kids 1K fun run, $10.

KIDS DAY: Sundale Union Elementary School east of Tulare is already famous for the steak sandwiches it sells at the annual World Ag Expo in Tulare.

Now it can claim a crown for donating a whopping $24,000 to the 2015 Kids Day fundraiser benefiting Valley Children’s Hospital.

This year, the K-8 school raised funds in honor of the late Glenna Haley, a beloved school aide who started Kids Day at Sundale. Students and parents put on cookies sales, a jump-a-thon, dance, family movie night, holiday balloon sales and, of course, sold Kids Day newspapers.

“This school is unbelievable,” said Matt Steele, Fresno Bee single copy manager who coordinates South Valley schools for Kids Day. Sundale has been the No. 1 Kids Day elementary school for 10 years, he said.