The Conway Corporation Board of Directors approved a study to identify the cause of the taste and odor issues with the city’s water supply.

Conway Corp officials said the study with Garver Engineering should determine not only the causes of the current taste and odor issues, but “throughout the seasonal cycle of James H. Brewer Lake, Conway’s water source.”

CEO Bret Carroll said: “Garver works on projects across the country and they have engineers and PhDs who specialize in biology and chemistry associated with water source and treatment.”

Additionally, the company has been working with the state Forestry Commission on forest management practices to reduce the amount of organic growth that washed into the lake.

“At Conway Corp, we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and producing and delivering safe, affordable, reliable, innovative and environmentally-sound utilities,” Carroll said. “We are seeing improvement in the water taste and odor issues and are committed to finding solutions going forward.”

The board also approved a $100,000 study with Crist Engineers that will evaluate alternatives for long-range water supply source, transimission and distribution based on projected demands over the next 10, 20 and 40 years.

The study will start in the second quarter of 2018 and is expected to take about six months to complete.