“Musty smell” of water leads to carbon treatment in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A “musty smell” has prompted the city of Danville to treat its city water with carbon, the city announced Saturday.

Starting Thursday, the city began adding “powdered activated carbon” though it may not be immediately successful at eliminating the order for some residents, according to a city official.

“The water being treated at the plant will take several days to reach all areas of the city, particularly in those residential areas with low consumption and residential areas farthest from the treatment plant,” said Alan Johnson, division director of water and wastewater treatment for Danville Utilities.

Despite the smell and treatments, Johnson said the water is safe to consume. The cause of the odor is unknown at this time. It is also unknown why some parts of Danville may be experiencing more noticeable odors in the water.

“Heat and detention time can lead to trace amounts of odor to intensify,” Johnson said. “We are optimistic that the problem will diminish in all areas as the carbon treated water pushes through our system.”

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