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Possible changes in taste and smell of San Luis Obispo County water

Posted at 10:08 PM, Oct 25, 2018

People who live in San Luis Obispo County could notice a change in their drinking water from Oct. 29 to Nov. 19.

The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works said the disinfectant used to treat drinking water in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano Avila Beach and Port San Luis will temporarily change from a blended chlorine to a free chlorine.

The Department of Public Works said the water will remain safe to drink by Federal and State water standards but customers could notice a change in its taste and smell. The department said they can get rid of the chlorine by boiling the water or running it through a carbon filter.

They said this change is common in the water treatment industry and helps make sure drinking water stay free of potentially harmful bacteria. They said the county does this every year.