Algaecide added to Lake Hartwell to combat odor, taste issues - FOX Carolina 21

Algaecide added to Lake Hartwell to combat odor, taste issues

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Water drips from a faucet. (File/FOX Carolina) Water drips from a faucet. (File/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The City of Clemson said customers may experience taste and odor issues with their water due to a "significant" algae bloom.

The bloom of MIB algae over the past few weeks is the result of increased lake temperatures and significant rainfall last month, Clemson's utilities department said.

Treatment is expected to begin as soon as possible after the results were received from Anderson Regional Joint Water.

Despite an "earthy" odor or taste, Clemson officials said the water remains safe for all uses.

The city of Clemson said algaecide had been applied to approximately 80 acres of Lake Hartwell near the water treatment plant in the Six and Twenty branch.

On Friday, officials said water samples had been collected and they are waiting results.

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