City responds to tap water “taste issue”


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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The City of St. Louis Water Division has just released a statement about a “taste issue” with the St. Louis tap water. Some customers have reported that the water tastes a little strange. The Water Division states that, “currently experiencing a taste with our drinking water due to organic matter from our source waters.”

See the full statement from the City of St. Louis Water Division titled, “Taste Issue with Water” below:

Dear Valued Customer:

We are currently experiencing a taste with our drinking water due to organic matter from our source waters (Mississippi & Missouri Rivers). While the taste is unpleasant, the water is still safe to drink meeting all State and Federal requirements.

We have found that during the Summer months, our local rivers typically have low flows, warm temperatures and low turbidity (high clarity). The result of these conditions sometimes lead to algae and other organic growth that impart unpleasant tastes and odors to the water. We are taking steps to remedy these problems through additional chemical treatment. Unfortunately, it will take a few days for the off tasting water to work it’s way through our system.

My staff and I apologize for any inconvenience that we may have caused you.

Curtis B. Skouby, P.E. Water Commissioner

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