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UI's chlorine-tasting water is nothing unusual

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If you drank water on the University of Iowa campus Tuesday, you may have tasted chlorine.

UI water plant officials tell us chlorine is actually in our tap water daily.

Scott Slee, UI’s water plant manager says every spring the change in water happens when the snow melts, forcing runoff from the snow to add organic particles to UI’s water supply.

“Then when we bring it to the plant and treat it, we add the chlorine. “Now that organic material causes, well it's the same residual we always have, but this makes that chlorine gas off more, so you smell it, taste it a little bit more,” said Slee.

Slee says the brutal cold temperatures we've had this winter are likely the blame for the noticeable taste and smell.

The water is still safe to drink.

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