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Musty taste and smell reported in Broken Arrow's drinking water

Posted at 5:29 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 12:49:43-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- The Broken Arrow Police Department has received several reports of a foul odor and taste in the city's drinking water.

​​Before midnight on Sunday, the department posted on its Facebook page that the water has been tested and is safe to drink.

City of Broken Arrow officials say the water is safe to drink, and it is not necessary to boil the water first before using. Officials said the taste and smell is being caused by algae blooms in the Verdigris River, which are decaying into the water source.

City of Broken Arrow officials say workers are flushing out the affected water at strategic locations throughout the city. Residents should begin to notice improvements within the next few days, city officials said.

The City of Broken Arrow says the cause of the issue comes from an "increased growth in our raw water source." A spokesperson says the city will be increasing its pretreatment operations to address the issue and "flush the affected water out of our supply system".

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