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Published September 27, 2012, 08:54 AM

Funny-tasting water annoys Dickinson residents

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Residents of Dickinson have been grousing about the funny-tasting water coming from their taps, but officials say it's OK to drink it.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Residents of Dickinson have been grousing about the funny-tasting water coming from their taps, but officials say it's OK to drink it.

The city draws its water from Lake Sakakawea as a customer of the Southwest Water Pipeline, which serves a number of communities in southwestern North Dakota and provides water to about 48,000 people.

Mary Massad, the pipeline authority's manager, said the water is safe for drinking and bathing. She estimates that she has received as many as 50 complaints about a strange odor and taste to the water since the problem cropped up about three weeks ago.

Massad said seasonal water changes on the lake are causing the problem, and she expects the smell will go away soon.

"I also think that some people are simply more sensitive to the odor," Massad told The Dickinson Press.

Matt Mack, the facilities manager of the West River Community Center, described the water's smell and taste as "earthy-type." He has taken to buying bottled water, he said.

"I've lived in Dickinson almost my entire life, and I don't ever remember anything like this," Mack said.

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