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City says compound is not risky

High levels of geosmin in the water supply from the Theewaterskloof Dam is the reason people may be experiencing smelly tap water with an earthy taste.

The City of Cape Town last week assured residents the water is safe to drink and compliant with SANS241 standards. Samples have been collected in affected areas for testing.

“This is currently affecting the taste and smell of the water supplied from the Faure and Blackheath water treatment plants to various areas across Cape Town,” a City statement read.

“Geosmin poses no threat to human health. It is a naturally occurring organic compound, and is responsible for the earthy taste of beetroot and the scent in the air when rain falls after a dry spell.”

The compound is especially present in water during weather changes and even minute concentrations can be detected by the human palate.

“We are monitoring the levels as part of the water treatment process, currently enhanced by the dosing of powdered activated carbon during this process to reduce the effect of the geosmin. However, it may take some time for the taste and smell of the water to normalise.”

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