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'Musty, earthy' taste in tap water continues in Beaufort

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- The "musty" and "earthy" taste and odor for people on Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority's water system is safe to drink.

According to BJWSA officials, the water's taste and color is caused by algae in the reservoir and canal. Crews are working to remove the odor, but it's unclear how long customers will have the off-putting water smell. 

"The situation is dynamic and an operational challenge," said Chris Petry, BJWSA's Chief Operations Officer. "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." 

Several plans of action were put into place in the last week which may help improve the water. 

Officials say customers in Northern Beaufort County -- including Port Royal, Burton, Beaufort, Lady's Island, St. Helena Island -- and near the Plant -- including Callawassie, Spring Island, parts of Okatie -- are affected. 

"We are committed to fixing this problem as soon as possible, and we're dedicated to finding long-term solutions for minimizing taste and odor events," said Ed Saxon, BJWSA's General Manager.

The company says it has hired an outside consultant to check the system and make recommendations for improvements. 

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