Scottish Water to switch supply after ‘earthy’ water in Oban

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Scottish Water has apologised after residents in the Oban area complained of ‘earthy and musty’ tasting water.

The issue was highlighted on social media last Thursday (May 23) , with some saying it smelled ‘almost mouldy’.

Following an investigation, a spokesperson for Scottish Water said on Tuesday: ‘[We] have concluded that it has been caused by the source water supply at Loch Gleann A’Bhearridh.’

There are high levels of geosim in the loch, which is an organic compound that has a ‘distinct earthy flavor and aroma’.

Scottish Water said it is naturally occurring and harmless.

A spokesperson added: ‘We are working with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in order to switch the source of supply from Loch Gleann A’Bhearridh to Loch Nell to resolve the issue.

‘Any customers still affected while we are changing the source of supply can be assured that the water can be used as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank affected customers for their patience.’