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We have recently received inquiries about the smell and taste of tap water in the Town of Lexington. We want to assure you the water is safe to drink as it is monitored and tested on a daily basis. Currently plant operators are working diligently to address the concerns and are exploring additional measures to improve the taste and odor.
Here are some frequently asked questions we are receiving that may help provide the additional information you are looking for.
Q: My tap water smells and tastes differently than it normally does, is it safe and okay to drink?A: Yes. This is solely a smell and taste issue and not a health concern.
Q: How often do you test the water to ensure its safety?A: The West Columbia plant tests the water on a daily basis. In addition to that, the Town of Lexington uses an independent lab to perform weekly testing.
Q: What is causing the tap water to smell and taste differently than it usually does?A: The plant pulls water from Lake Murray. The hot weather has caused the water to remain at a warmer temperature for an extended amount of time which causes algae in the lake to bloom at a very rapid rate.
Q: Is the plant doing anything to try and get rid of the smell and taste?A: Yes, they have increased carbon filtration to its maximum level, however it is still not able to overcome the increase in algae to the point where the water tastes like it normally does. Plant operators are considering alternative treatments and exploring different methods.
Q: When will the smell and taste get back to normal?A: There is no way to put a specific timeframe on it, however as temperatures cool down, it will naturally help the situation. In the meantime, plant operators are exploring other options that will allow them to safely and effectively get the water back to normal.
Q: Are other cities around the area experiencing this?A: Yes, other nearby cities that draw on Lake Murray to provide water are experiencing this issue as well to some degree.
If you have additional concerns, contact the Utilities Department at 803-358-7261.