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Fix Underway For Bad Tasting Water In Anderson

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ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -

If you live in Anderson County, this isn't news to you.

"It is a big talk around the area," said Jessica Mayfield, who lives in the county.

"It looks fine but it just tastes horrible," said 10-year-old Mary-Kathryn Sanders, describing her drinking water.

The Anderson Regional Joint Water System says blue green algae in Lake Hartwell has caused weeks of bad tasting and smelling water for customers. They blame last year's drought, followed by a summer of heavy rain, for pushing the algae into the lake.

And now, the equipment to get it out has arrived.

"It's quite an undertaking," said Scott Willett, ARJWS's Executive Director.

He says they're using a powder activated carbon to absorb the algae as the water comes in to the system. The carbon will act like a sponge.

Willett says it's been a frustrating and timely process.

"We drink the water too," said Willett. "We recognize that it doesn't meet our standards for taste and odor. We're aware of that. We don't like it."

He says customers living closest to the plant should notice better tasting water by this weekend.

"Those at the further reaches of our system where the water has to pass not only through our system but our storage tanks and our member agency storage tanks, it may be up to a week as they complete the flushing programs," said Willett.

During this carbon process, the water system's member agencies will be flushing out water. That means you may see water spilling out of fire hydrants and storage tanks in the surrounding area.

Willett says don't be alarmed. It's all part of the process to get the water from Lake Hartwell tasting good again.

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