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Missouri American Assures Drinking Water Is Safe Despite 'Musty Taste'

The water company posted a statement on Facebook saying that the water may taste or smell, but it is still safe.

May 14, 2018 - 12:18 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Missouri American Water, located in St. Louis County, is assuring its customers that any odd taste or smell is "purely an aesthetic issue" and it's liquid is still safe to drink. 

The company posted a message on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, saying the "extremely warm weather" has raised its water temperature which has caused "a fishy or earthy musty taste and odor." The statement says the water may also have a chlorine-like taste. 

The statment reads: 

"Due to the extremely warm weather, water temperatures have increased quickly. As a result, customers may experience taste and odor in their tap water. This taste and odor may range from a chlorine or chemical to a fishy or earthy musty taste and odor. Please note that this is purely an aesthetic issue. Refrigerating water prior to consumption or using ice may improve the taste. We have been, and will continue to, monitor our system to ensure proper water quality. Tests confirm that the water continues to meet all Federal and State quality standards. Missouri American Water is using additional treatment measures to minimize the impact of this condition."

Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, serving approximately 1.5 million people.