Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Funky Water? Missouri American Water Says Arrival of Summer Heat Is Behind Odor, Taste Complaints

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Funky Water? Missouri American Water Says Arrival of Summer Heat Is Behind Odor, Taste Complaints

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Over the weekend, some St. Louis-area customers of the Missouri American Water Company reported odd odors and tastes in their tap water.

By midday Monday, the water utility acknowledged the reports and issued a notice on social media stating that the water is safe for consumption and that any changes were the result of water temperatures changing amid the hot weather.

"The first hot stretch we get every year, this kind of happens," said Brian Russell, the company's external affairs manager.

"Warm water will release its flavor and odor a little easier than cold water," he added. "Chemically, it's the exact same."

The company said that descriptions "range from a chlorine or chemical to a fishy or earthy, musty taste and odor," and that cooling water prior to consumption may improve it. …

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