Some BJWSA customers may notice 'earthy' smell in water

Some BJWSA customers may notice 'earthy' smell in water

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - BJWSA customers especially in northern Beaufort County may notice an "earthy" smell in their tap water over the next month, according to the authority.

The smell is the result of algae growing in the authority's canal and reservoirs, specifically near the Chelsea Water Treatment Plant so the smell will be most noticeable for residents near that plant, according to BJWSA.

The authority maintains that the water is still safe to use. BJWSA has modified processes to control the odor. Due to the Chelsea Water Treatment Plant's proximity to Northern Beaufort County, the odor will be noticed mostly by customers in that part of BJWSA's service area.

"We appreciate the patience of our customers while we work through this seasonal issue," said Ken Griffin, BJWSA's general manager, in a statement. "We want to reiterate that the water is safe to use as you normally would, but you may notice a musty or earth-like odor," he said.

The odor may be more noticeable in warm water usage, such when taking a shower or washing the dishes. Placing a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for about an hour may help dissipate the odor.

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