What causes the "earthy taste" that sometimes affects our water?

Earthy and musty odors are usually caused by algae in our raw water that produce two compounds: Geosmin, which causes earthy tastes and odors, and 2-methylisoborneol (commonly referred to as MIB), which causes musty odors. The algae that produce these compounds are normally present in the summer when conditions are warm and better-suited for algal growth. These compounds are very difficult to remove during the purification process and while some people find the taste unpleasant, they are not harmful when consumed. Our treatment process utilizes powered activated carbon (PAC) and we actively manage our raw water sources to minimize algal growth.

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1. Why is my water bill higher than last year at this time?
2. What is the Readiness-to-Serve Charge and why does the charge depend on the size of my water meter?
3. Where is my water meter located?
4. Why was I charged a Service Initiation Fee?
5. I have a question about underground utilities. How do a make this request?
6. What is in our tap water that causes a pink film?
7. What causes the "earthy taste" that sometimes affects our water?
8. How do I request that my water to be tested?
9. How do I report what appears to be a sewage-related odor?
10. I received a kit at my home urging me to test my water. Was this sent by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities?