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Water woes in Franklin County

Posted at 6:34 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 18:34:01-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Does your water smell or taste funny? It's not your imagination.

The Frankfort Plant Board has been slammed with dozens of calls a day by people reporting an odd taste or odor in their drinking water.

Frankfort Water Plant Superintendent Julie Roney said, "We want to assure people the water is safe to drink. It just has this rather musty little odor and taste to it."

The state Division of Water is getting calls, too. Officials put out a post on Facebook stating, 'The taste and odor issues are the result of compounds occurring in the source water." Roney adds the very low flow in the Kentucky River due to no rain in weeks along with high temperatures results in the mineral taste and odor.

Some people equate the noticeable taste and odor to black mold occurring in the distribution system, but local and state officials say that is not the case. David Billings, the Chief Water Engineer at the Frankfort Plant Board, drank a glass of water during our interview and said, "There is a lot of misinformation out there on social media. We have a lot of professionals here at the plant board that monitor the situation everyday. We make treatment changes, we operate our system. We work with other state agencies, the Division of Water, to ensure our water is safe."

Some restaurants, like Cliffside along the Kentucky River, are serving bottled or distilled water at customers' requests. Officials say your water should taste and smell better when the area gets some much needed rain and cooler temperatures.