Surprise in water

Resident finds small crustaceans every time she turns on the tap

For the past four years, I have been observing the water that comes from our tap.

I have noticed tiny shrimp-like creatures float around each time I get a glass of water. As many as four or five of these creatures would be in one glass. I notified this to my parents and surprising enough, they saw them too.

They had assumed that since it was winter, one of our water pipes may have cracked and that is how these “bugs” got in. But about a year had passed and yet we still had them.

The City of Vernon took a sample of our water and predicted that it was shrimp.

They said that it may have been from the lake turning over and that it was only seasonal. My family had no problem with these shrimp in our water.

They were harmless and most likely were infesting the rest of our neighborhood’s water as well.

We called them sea monkeys because they looked so much like the “sea monkeys: hatch your own ocean zoo” toy for kids.

Every time I got a glass of water, I tried not to look at the shrimp and quickly I would chug it down. Though it’s hard to see them, you know they’re still there.

I decided to research upon these sea monkeys to get some more information on them, and here’s what I found. They are called copepods. Copepods are a group of small crustaceans found in nearly every freshwater habitat.

There are many different species of copepods. There were two different species of copepods that looked the same as the ones in our water — the calanoida and the cyclopida.

Both are similar in shape and size but through the pictures that I took, some looked different.

Hopefully these copepods won’t be in ours or your water much longer.

Happy drinking.

Kaylene Oakden

Vernon

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