Despite “unusual odor,” tap water safe to drink, New Orleans officials say

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SWBNew Orleans officials are aware that the city’s tap water has an “unusual odor,” but it is safe to drink and possibly related only to algae in the Mississippi River, they announced Wednesday afternoon.

“The Sewerage and Water Board is aware of the slightly unusual odor present in the city’s drinking water. Water quality testing performed by our laboratory indicates that the drinking water is safe to drink and that it meets or exceeds all EPA and LA-DHH water quality requirements,” Sewerage & Water Board spokesman Robert Jackson writes in the release. “During this time of the year it is not unusual to experience taste and odors issues related to algae from the Mississippi River and some people are more sensitive to these types of events than others. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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