Why does my water taste or smell "funny"?

There are two common reasons for water to taste or smell unusual. One is from chlorine, used to kill germs in the water, and the other is from algae, which commonly grows in surface water reservoirs, including Sweetwater Reservoir. Algae occurrences are seasonal and usually happen during warm summer months. Taste and odors caused by algae are typically described as grassy, musty and earthy.

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1. Why does water become discolored?
2. Is discolored water safe to drink and use?
3. What should I do about brown or yellow water?
4. What if the water looks milky or cloudy?
5. Why does my water taste or smell "funny"?
6. What odors could signal a threat to my health?