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August 10, 1998
Toronto's water experiences taste and odour problem
TORONTO - Works and Emergency Services reports that residents of the City of
Toronto and York Region may be noticing a musty, earthy taste or odour in their
water supply. The taste and odour are caused by seasonal lake water changes
involving higher water temperatures and extremely low levels of compounds
produced by naturally occurring algae.

This phenomenon last occurred on a citywide basis during 1994 at this time of
year and on a limited basis during 1996.

"We wish to assure all Toronto and York Region residents that the water
continues to be safe to drink. Our regular testing continues to confirm that
the bacteriological quality of the water is not affected," said Hiroshi
Taniguchi, Director of Water Supply.

Although taste and odour changes have dissipated within several days to a week
during past episodes, it is difficult to predict when conditions will return to
normal, given the lake water temperatures are expected to be higher than normal
this summer and fall.

For more information, the public may call Works and Emergency Services' Waste
and Water Information Line at (416) 392-4546.

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