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Frankfort Plant Board: Despite odor & taste, water safe to drink

Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 18:16:28-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Many people who live in Frankfort are complaining about an odor and bad taste coming from the tap water.

In fact, the taste is so bad many are saying they will stick with tap water for the time being, "I'd be hesitant just on a smell, not that I believe it would hurt me or anything, but just the smell of it is kind of off-putting," says Casey Gambrel.

So we decided to speak to the Frankfort Plant Board who admits there is a smell and odor, but despite the concerns, it is completely safe to consume.

They have been inundated with phone calls though, so this is the recording you get if you call their number, "The Frankfort Plant Board is aware that there are taste and odor concerns with the tap water, however it is safe to drink, contrary to false information being circulated, the water is not contaminated."

They are working to improve the taste but say it comes from a very low flow in the Kentucky River, due to no rain in weeks along with high temperatures.

There is still one area of Frankfort that is under a boil advisory, their water supplier is Farmdale Water District. They said the advisory is because of low chloramine residuals and aesthetic water quality issues. These areas include Ninevah Road, River Valley, Mulholland Beech Road, and the Leatherwood subdivision in Frankfort.

They sent us a press release saying, "Farmdale Water District is still aggressively flushing to maintain chlorine residual. We hope to bring the rest of the system off the boil water advisory as soon as possible. Several water quality samples are being taken to monitor progress."