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Anderson water customers taste 'dirty' water; officials say it's clean

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Water drips from an Upstate man's faucet. (File/FOX Carolina) Water drips from an Upstate man's faucet. (File/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Some people in the Upstate may have noticed a different kind of taste to their water lately.

The Anderson Regional Joint Water System filters the water coming from Hartwell Lake. Officials there said people in the Anderson County area aren't imagining the earthy flavor. They said the taste comes from organic material, which is there because the lake is higher than it's been for years.

The water system's director said all the rain this summer raised Hartwell's water level above the plants that grew when the water was down. That organic material seeped into the water.

Jessica Bailey said she is an avid water drinker but called this new taste "not so fabulous."

"Can't quite put finger on it. But it does taste a little bit different than it did before. And it definitely tastes different than the water in Greenville," Bailey said.

Bill Brissey described it as a "muddy taste."

The water system said the water is as clean and safe as usual and up to state and federal standards.

The taste, the director said, is temporary. Folks at the water system said it just needs to cycle through as it's used, and it will work its way out of the system.

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