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If you live in Hillsborough County and you’ve noticed your water taste or smell being a little off, it may not be your imagination. And it has nothing to do with red tide.

Yesterday, Hillsborough County posted a notice on its website that residents might notice a change in the way water smells or tastes. The county says the change is temporary. The water treatment process has been modified. Starting today, water provided to Hillsborough County Public Utility customers could notice the change as a lack of liquid oxygen has forced the change.

The county says drinking water still meets all local and federal regulations and that quality of the drinking water is not altered. They say the shortage in liquid oxygen stems from a lack of drivers. It’s believed that the pandemic is to blame. Tampa Bay Water is working with their vendors to get more liquid oxygen deliveries to get the water treatment process back to normal.

Hillsborough County is asking you to not use water for non-essential uses, like using pressure washers, washing your car or watering your lawn when it has rained. If you have a question, you can reach Hillsborough County Public Utilities at (813) 744-5544.

Hillsborough County includes Apollo Beach, Balm, Bloomingdale, Boyette, Brandon, Carrollwood, Cheval, Citrus Park, Dover, East Lake-Orient Park, Egypt Lake-Leto, Fish Hawk, Gibsonton, Keystone, Lake Magdalene, Lutz, Mango, Northdale, Odessa, Palm River-Clair Mel, Pebble Creek, Progress Village, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Sun City Center, Tampa, Thonotosassa, Town ‘n’ Country, Valrico, Westchase, and Wimauma.


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