If you thought your coffee, tea and tap water tasted or smelled a bit funny during the past week or so, you are not alone.
As temperatures rise throughout the Charleston area in late spring, algae thrives at the Bushy Park Reservoir in Berkeley County, the source for most of the Charleston Water System’s supply. The result is a taste and smell that the water system described as musty or earthy, but harmless.
“I would describe it as being moldy, or with a hint of mildew,” said Gunnar Vizbulis, a Mount Pleasant resident whose family and dog have been drinking bottled water left over from hurricane season since their tap water started tasting unpleasant in April.
Mount Pleasant Waterworks buys 5.5 million gallons of water from Charleston Water System every day, about half of Mount Pleasant’s supply.