Spartanburg Water says it will be offering free, twice-filtered drinking water at 9 of its ice houses after complaints about musty taste and odor.
Customers can bring a clean container and fill it in one-gallon or five-gallon sizes until further notice.
They say the water source is why the water tastes musty.
“Our most recent data shows that even with the cooler temperatures and with the lake ‘turning,’ we are still experiencing high levels of Methyl-Isoborneol, or MIB, in our drinking water reservoirs,” said Rebecca West, Spartanburg Water Chief Operating Officer.
They say MIB is the chemical byproduct of tiny, non-harmful aquatic organisms that naturally occurs in most watersheds throughout the United States.
They say the level has never been this high and it is a challenge to add additional treatment to the 25 million gallons that they treat a day.
The highest recorded level had been in 2005 when the levels reached 15 parts per trillion. The current tests show 250-300 parts per trillion.
They say the recognize the inconvenience and are working hard to determine the best methods to prepare for and lessen the impact of MIB in the water.
Despite the taste, the water is safe to drink.
You can visit the following locations to get the free, filtered water.
• 8039 Asheville Hwy, Spartanburg, across from the Thunderbird Flea Market – MAP
• 367 Whitney Rd, Spartanburg, in parking lot of Miracle Hill Ministries – MAP
• 8515 Hwy 9, Inman, at Lake Bowen Landing – MAP
• 300 S. Alabama Ave., Chesnee, at the intersection of W. Union Street – MAP
• 285 John B. White Blvd., Spartanburg, in the parking lot of the Beacon Drive-In – MAP
• 481 E. Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, in the parking lot beside Ricky’s Drive-In – MAP
• 7034 S. Pine Street, Pacolet, near the intersection of Hillbrook Circle – MAP
• 1250 Union Street, Spartanburg, at the intersection of Lucerne Drive – MAP
• 203 Battleground Road (Hwy.110), Cowpens, at the intersection of Three Oaks Road – MAP