Officials in St. Clairsville say it's safe to drink the water, but not very pleasant.
An algae bloom in the city's reservoirs has caused the water to have a slightly musty smell and taste. So far, no one has gotten sick. Service Director Dennis Bigler says it's not a new problem, and it happens every few years. He says the algae bloom on the reservoir is produced by temperature changes, and says during most summers, they are able to control it with chemicals.
But this year, it got away from them. Bigler says it's not the kind of problem that you can fix by flipping a switch. He says they're waiting for word from the EPA on the results of their tests, and for their recommendations on how to fix it.
City officials say the water is safe to drink, and they believe it's actually getting better already. But it still, in their words, tastes and smells a little musty.