South County residents concerned about smelly tap water

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – On Tuesday, complaints kept pouring in about the tap water quality in south St. Louis County.

Lemay resident Bruce Huhn first noticed the problem on Sunday, when he was eating at a restaurant down the road. But then he came home, and realized the same musty-smelling water was in his own faucet.

Huhn explains, “It just gradually got worse until last night, when I walked into the room for showering, and it was filled with humidity and everything else, and you could really smell it.”  He immediately called Missouri American Water. Turns out he was one of many who voiced their concerns.

Company spokesperson Ann Dettmer says the odd smell and taste is due to the recent cold temperatures.  The unseasonable chill is causing the Meramec River, which is the tap water source, to turn, meaning the warm water on the river bottom rises.

Dettmer says, “It doesn’t have any pieces of leaves or anything from the bottom of the river. What you get is just a slightly different taste that has that kind of musty taste to it a little bit. But we test the water hundreds of times per day; it’s meeting all the requirements.”  She says there is no public health risk.

Right now, the water treatment is being adjusted, so most customers should have normal water again by Wednesday night.  For some, though, it could be as late as Friday.

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