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Alabama city’s water affected by seasonal algae bloom

October 1, 2018

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city’s utility company says a seasonal algae bloom in a nearby lake is causing its water to have an earthy taste and smell.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports Opelika Utilities says similar blooms are happening across the country due to weather and other natural conditions. A Friday release by the utility company says the water is safe to drink.

City residents last winter noticed similar issues, with some residents complaining their water had a strange taste and smell. The utility company said then that it was also due to unusually large amount of algae in Saugahatchee Lake.

Cold weather is expected to help clear the algae. Opelika Utility General Manager Dan Hilyer says in the release that efforts to reduce or eliminate the taste and smell are ongoing.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/

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