Water district says smelly water in San Jose due to drought

SAN JOSE (KRON/BCN) — Officials with the Santa Clara Valley Water District say that a “dirt-like” flavor and odor currently in the district’s tap water is caused by the drought, and may persist until the weather changes.

Due to low levels in district reservoirs, the shallow water heats up more easily than usual, promoting algae growth, water district officials
said.

Compounds that cause the taste and odor to occur are at high levels this year because of the drought, but district officials have assured utility customers that the water meets all state drinking water standards and is safe to consume.

They described the problem as an aesthetic issue.

Customers are advised to chill their tap water before drinking if they wish to make the taste and smell less noticeable, but boiling it isn’t necessary.

District officials said that in the future, these issues may continue for as long as the drought does.

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