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Strange odor, taste in Aberdeen water rectified

ABERDEEN (AP) — Officials in Aberdeen have fixed an equipment problem that caused the city's water to have an odd smell and taste for a couple of weeks .

The American News reports that the strange smell and taste was caused by algae that form in the Elm River, the city's primary water source.

Aberdeen Water Plant Superintendent Janel Ellingson says the equipment that treats the water was not providing enough additives to deal with the algae.

Ellingson says the water is safe to drink, and the taste and odor should return to normal in a week or two.