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City of Cape Town explains water’s earthy taste

It is also the same organism responsible for the earthy taste of beets and the familiar scent that fills the air when rain falls after an extended dry spell.
Atlantic Seaboard tap water safe to drink

City of Cape Town has reassured residents who have detected an earthy flavour to their tap water that it remains safe to drink and is compliant with SANS241 standards.

The municipality said although this is understandably disturbing for many, it is in fact due to a harmless natural organism called geosmin.

This organic compound has a distinct earthy flavour and aroma produced by certain bacteria.

It is also the same organism responsible for the earthy taste of beets and the familiar scent that fills the air when rain falls after an extended dry spell.

A statement by the municipality, said levels of geosmin in the raw water coming from one of the city’s main dams, Theewaterskloof are are higher-than-usual.

Xanthea Limberg, the mayoral committee member for water and sanitation informed News24 that “It must be emphasised that geosmin poses no threat to human health,”

The City said from the Theewaterskloof dam is currently being dosed with powdered activated carbon to reduce the effects of the geosmin, however, it may be a while before the taste and smell completely disappears.

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