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Quincy utilities treating water for earthy taste, smell

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

This water might look normal, but many Quincy residents say it has had a weird taste and smell lately.

"It kind of tastes like it hasn't been fully cleaned all the way I guess. It's kind of like you are drinking out of the river like if you went camping or something like that," said Dailing.

Maryia Dailing said she has just recently noticed a difference.

"Probably the last couple of weeks it has been a lot worse, definitely," said Dailing.

And Dailing is not alone, Quincy Director of Utilities David Kent says he received 20 calls just today of residents asking what is wrong with the water.

"We've received quite a number of phone calls from citizens which were requiring about what kind of a taste that has been imparted in their water," said Kent.  

Kent said low river levels have caused algae to sit longer on the water's surfaces causes them to react with chemicals in the water.

"The brown algae comes in contact with chlorine that we use to disinfect the water as one of the initial parts of the treatment process, and the odor is fixed with the reaction of the chlorine reacting with the algae," said Kent. 

But Kent said the water is safe to drink, but the treatment plant is working on the odor and taste problem.

"We are going to be adding a large quantity of carbon to our treatment plant itself to make sure these odors are absorbed after the treatment process," said Kent.

The city said the problem should be fixed within three to four days.

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