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BJWSA test results show taste and odor levels down by half

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

About 60,000 Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority customers will soon notice a difference in the taste and smell of their water.

Tests results released Wednesday show the levels of an algae chemical compound called geosmin have been reduced by half.

The Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority is flushing out the water in hydrants to get rid of the taste and odor that's in the system.

For the next several weeks, employees with the Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority will be busy clearing out the water in their pipelines that connect to their storage tanks and hydrants.

"We're probably starting towards the end of our system, we have around 8,000 of these in the entire system, less than that of course in northern Beaufort County," said BJWSA Communications Manager Matthew Brady.

Since taking their Chelsea Reservoir offline, a second round of testing revealed the levels of the organic compound geosmin have been cut in half. The company is now pumping its water straight from the canal.

"The processes that we have in place specifically for this treatment plant, is able to remove that level of geosmin to the point where our customers won't detect it," said BJWSA Chief Operations Officer Chris Petry.

It's a sigh of relief, not only for customers but also employees who have received more than 200 complaints in the last two months. Normally they get about 250 all year.

By flushing out the hydrants and storage tanks, it will allow them to pump the tasteless and odorless water faster to customers in northern Beaufort County.

The water authority is asking customers to send them an email if the taste and smell of their water does improve.

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