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"Musty" Water

Officials in a southeastern North Carolina county say the water is safe to drink, although residents are complaining about a "musty" taste.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported Thursday that the Brunswick County public utilities director says testing shows the water is safe. Jerry Pierce says he thinks the taste is related to an increase in algae in the Cape Fear River, the county's water source.

The agency has gotten many call about the water since Monday.

The situation is affecting flow from a plant that serves about 22,000 customers from the Leland area to Sunset Beach. Pierce says the plant treats water with chlorine dioxide that produces a chemical reaction that may cause a strange taste and smell.

Pierce hopes to clear up the problem in the next few days by using a filtering material.


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