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Officials with Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority say a musty odor and unusual taste in the water supply should be gone within a week.' Water authority officials say they have received calls from customers over the past few
days reporting a change in the taste and odor of their drinking water.' The change is caused by the presence of two groups of algae, geosmin and methylisoborneol, which bloom every spring, officials said.' "This is an event in
nature that happens every year with spring," said water authority General Manager Dean Moss. "Some of our longtime customers will remember this happening in the past, but this year the taste and odor that comes with spring bloom is stronger.
' "We have taken the necessary actions, and this problem should clear up in another week." ' Officials say the spring blooming season creates an increased presence of the algae in the raw water supplied to the Chelsea Water
Treatment Plant from the Savannah River by an 18-mile-long earthen canal. ' Blooming, triggered by warm temperatures, usually continues for three to four weeks. Authority officials say the algae has been more prevalent this year because
warmer temperatures arrived earlier than usual.' The authority is mechanically cleaning the canal of the grass that provides a host area for the algae to grow. Authority officials said they also are adding powdered activated carbon to
the treatment process to absorb the two forms of algae.' Despite the water's unusual smell and taste, authority officials said the quality of the drinking water continues to meet or exceed all state and federal standards.