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Posted on: February 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Message from Missouri American Water

Recent Record Snowmelt May Temporarily Alter Water Taste & Odor This Week. Water Safety and Quality Not Affected.

Missouri American Water customers in St. Charles County and much of St. Louis County may be noticing seasonal changes related to the recent snowmelt along the Missouri River, which may temporarily impact the taste and odor of their tap water. These changes are natural occurrences which take place when unusual amounts of rain or snow melt increase the amount of clay and silts in the Missouri River- the source of the area's drinking water.

The water is safe to drink or use. Tap water continues to meet or exceed all state and federal standards. St. Louis County water treatment plants perform continuous monitoring and extensive laboratory testing- up to 500 water quality tests per day.

Depending on each individual's unique sense of smell and taste, customers may or may not notice slight natural changes in the water's taste and odor.

Missouri American Water has adjusted the processes at our water treatment plants and we believe that these seasonal changes in taste and odor will pass within five to seven days.

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