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BJWSA: Algae to blame for musty, smelly tap water

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Tap water from Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority's Chelsea Water Treatment Plant continues to have a musty taste or odor.

It's being caused by algae in BJWSA's reservoir and canal and it's not known how long the problem will continue. The issue is affecting customers in Northern Beaufort County (Port Royal, Burton, Beaufort, Lady's Island, St. Helena Island) and near the Plant (Callawassie, Spring Island and parts of Okatie).

The water meets all EPA and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations, and is safe to drink and use and staff is working to mitigate the odor as environmental conditions change, according to a BJWSA news release.

"The situation is dynamic and an operational challenge," said Chris Petry, BJWSA's Chief Operations Officer, in a statement. "The amount and type of algae can change daily. The conditions we face today are different than what we faced earlier this week, and could be different tomorrow. We'll adjust our mitigation efforts as changes occur in our source water."

More steps to managing algae will be taken this week and are expected to improve the taste and smell of the water.

BJWSA hired a consultant with expertise in drinking water taste and odor control who will evaluate the water delivery system, and taste and odor management practices. The expert will then recommend changes for improvement.

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