Heavy rain leaves water tasting funny in Anderson

Water in Anderson tastes strange after heavy rainfall

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- Add strange tasting and smelling water around Anderson to the problems caused by the record-setting rainfall this summer.

Anderson Regional Joint Water System Executive Director Scott Willett told the Anderson Independent-Mail ( ) that the rise in Lake Hartwell has submerged some plants and trees.

Willett says that, as the plants and trees die and decay, they are releasing chemicals into the water that give it a foul odor and taste.

Willett says the water is safe to drink, cook and bathe in, but the chemicals causing the odor and taste issues can't be filtered out of the water after it is drawn from Lake Hartwell.

Willett says testing shows that the water should soon be back to smelling and tasting normal.