Winston-Salem, NC -- Forsyth County and the City of Winston-Salem are dealing water issues after recent heavy rains have affected the taste and smell of tap water.
Customers living north of Interstate 40 and west of U.S. 52 have been receiving tap water with a musty or earthy taste and odor, but city officials say it is not harmful.
Heavy rains have facilitated the growth of algae in the water, and the city and county are working to fix the problem.
"We have made operational and treatment changes at the Swann and Neilson water treatment plant, but it will take a while for that to work its way through the distribution system," said water treatment superintendent Bill Brewer. "We have noticed an improvement at the plants so I feel confident our customers should notice an improvement over the next couple of days."
Water officials say the rain increased runoff into the Yadkin River, the source of the plants' water.
The plants usually combat the issue by controlling the times when they pump water from the river into their reservoirs, but the rain made the problem "unavoidable," according to the City.
Officials say they're working hard to get rid of the taste and odor in the water.
City of Winston-Salem