Austin city officials say funny taste in tap water is due to algae bloom

If you live in Austin and have noticed that your water has an unusual odor or taste, don't worry.

City officials it's the result of a naturally occurring algae bloom in Lake Austin.

The water is safe to drink but the algae releases compounds that give the water a musty or fishy taste.

To minimize the impact, Austin water is adding activated carbon into the treatment process, and just increased those carbon dosages Friday.

Water experts will continue to monitor and test the water at various points for potential taste and odor issues until the algae has subsided.

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