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Stinky Water in Columbus Taps is Safe

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- As some Columbus residents have suspected, there actually is something in the water.

Despite the funky taste and smell, however, officials have said the tap water is safe to drink.

The Columbus Department of Public Utilities fielded more than 200 complaints this week. Some residents described the water as having an earthy taste, similar to dirt.

Officials said it was a "seasonal problem" when an annual turnover of the water supply from the Hoover Dam drudges up extra deposits and minerals. The treatment plant is adding up to 30 milligrams of powder-activated carbon to each liter of water to ease the problem.

"It's not a health and safety issue. It still meets all (Environmental Protection Agency) standards," said Laura Mohr of the Department of Public Utilities. "It's just a temporary inconvenience in the taste."

Officials hope the flavor will be back to normal in the next week.

Until then, residents may want to stock up on bottled water or consider using a water filter.
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