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The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority reports that an earthy taste and odor in water in southern Beaufort County is caused by a naturally occurring algae bloom in Savannah River water being stored in a reservoir that supplies the Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant.
The taste and odor are aesthetic only and not a health hazard -- the water is safe to drink, according to the water authority.
The water authority is using powder-activated carbon to absorb the odor and taste.