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Water OK, official says

November 30, 1998

Some Hagerstown water customers have noticed an unpleasant odor or taste in their tap water in recent weeks.

The water is safe to drink, said Water Department Manager Gene Walzl.

The unpleasant taste is an annual problem that occurs in the fall when algae and decaying leaves and organic matter settle in the Potomac River and Edgemont Reservoir, Walzl said.

The city relies on rain to push the algae and decaying matter downstream, but the fall has been dry, he said.

Walzl said he's received a few complaints on and off in the last four weeks.

The Potomac River feeds the city's main water plant near Williamsport. The Edgemont Reservoir is at the secondary plant near Smithsburg.

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