Ah, so THAT’S why the water has a little odd taste!
WATER TASTE IN BRIEF: No need to be concerned – it’s safe to drink!
Joburg Water has issued a statement explaining why some of our drinking water has had a recent change in taste and odour. To be fair, we have definitely noticed a difference and appreciate the update.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Typically during warm periods, the Vaal Dam experiences blue green algae.
- This results in an unwelcome taste and odour in our drinking water.
- The problem occurs infrequently and is usually of short duration.
- Johannesburg Water will continue to run tests to ensure the health of residents.
Keep reading for the full press release.
TASTE AND ODOUR IN THE DRINKING WATER IN JOHANNESBURG
Johannesburg Water has received notification from its bulk drinking water supplier Rand Water that an earthy tasting compound called geosmin has been detected in the drinking water supplied to the residents of the City of Johannesburg.
The taste and odour will sometimes manifest itself in the potable water supply, the substances causing these odours are not harmful to human health, the problem occurs infrequently and is usually of short duration.
Typically during warm periods the raw water source being the Vaal Dam experiences blue green algae resulting in unwelcomed taste and odour constituents in the drinking water . Consumers may detect an intermittent earthy or musty taste due to the intermittent presence of geosmin.
Taste and odour problems are not unique to the Rand Water’s area of supply but are experienced world-wide. Johannesburg Water is committed to provide water and sanitation service that is of high quality to all residents of the City of Johannesburg and will continue to run tests to ensure the health of our residents is not compromised.
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