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UPDATE: Smelly Water May Be Resolved For Beaufort Neighbors

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

 

UPDATE:

The Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority says it has done canal and reservoir maintenance to eliminate odor causing algae growth.

Officials used copper-sulfate on the Chelsea reservoir to kill the algae.

Copper-sulfate is an aquatic algaecide approved by the American Waterworks Association and is certified as safe by NSF International for use in drinking water treatment.

The water remains safe to drink, and meets all EPA and SCDHEC standards, officials said.

BJWSA says it is fighting a rare winter algae growth in its reservoir and canal.

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More than 70,000 customers in northern Beaufort County have had water that has an "earthy" taste and smell. Something the Beaufort-Jasper Water Sewage Authority is working to fix.

"It's had a very funny smell and a very funny taste, like mold or mildew," said Robby Coleman.

Coleman says her water's had this problem for quite some time, a problem that the BJWSA acknowledged this week.

"We thought the taste and odor came from some maintenance that we had postponed in anticipation of some plant construction here in Chelsea," said spokesman, Matthew Brady.

But officials say it turned out to be a build up of algae in the water, not dangerous, just an oversight in treatment. Its being fixed as we speak. But for Coleman she's taking matters into her own hands.

"I just went out and bought a new filter on Monday. another Brita pitcher, and now I'm filtering the water from the refrigerator, I don't even bother smelling it or tasting it, I just re filter it and drink it."

The water authority says they've treated the water and within days customers should see the change. But they wont be seeing any changes in their bills because of this.

"It was just an adjustment we made here in the process at the treatment plant, so folks will not see any increases in their water bills due to this, and hopefully will not notice any taste or odor at all moving forward," said Brady.

The water authority urges any customers to call them with concerns.

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