Officials with the city of Morro Bay have received complaints that the community's drinking water has an “odd smell and taste” — but they assure residents that it’s perfectly safe to drink.
The issue is related to conditions in a state water supply affecting about 25 million people from Napa to San Diego, including Morro Bay, said Sam Taylor, Morro Bay’s deputy city manager, in a statement.
The drought and high temperatures have contributed to growths of blue-green algae in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which is causing an unusual smell and taste in the water.
“The water is being treated for drinking, but the odor and flavor remains,” Taylor said. “ The water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water quality standards.”
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Taylor said that while the state hasn’t announced the problem, the city has been told the state is working to combat the smell and odor.
A carbon filter such as a Brita or Pur filter at home will remove most, if not all, of the taste and odor; chilling or adding lemon to water can also help, according to the city.
The city has taken about 20 to 30 complaints over the past few days. Some have described the water as tasting “funny” or “bad.”
“Some people, though, have described it sort of as stale, old, dirty, musty or moldy,” Taylor said. “One person even said it tasted like algae.”
No timeline has been publicly estimated on how long it may take for the issue to get resolved.