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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Some residents in Fort Worth may notice a slight change in the taste and color of their tap water.

This week the Tarrant Regional Water District changed the city’s water source. The move had to be made after a contractor struck a 90-inch water supply line that runs from the Richland-Chamber Reservoir.

While the pipe is being repaired, the Rolling Hills Water Treatment Plant is taking in water from Lake Benbrook and officials say that lake is showing elevated levels of geosmin, which cause taste and odor issues.

Mary Gugliozza with the Fort Worth Water Department says geosmin is not harmful and the water, “…is still safe to drink, it’s just may taste slightly different.” The water is also safe for cooking, bathing and other purposes.

Fortunately Gugliozza said Lake Benbrook is not the only water source for those customers. “We’re not just using Benbrook water, it’s being blended with eater from Cedar Creek in southeast Texas. So, that should help with any taste and odor issues as well.”

Water department officials say customers can improve the taste of their water by refrigerating it in an open container; or adding lemon or lime.

Customers in south and east Fort Worth will be most affected by the change.

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