LAWRENCE | Residents in cities along the Kansas River are complaining that their water tastes and smells bad.
Water officials say the problem is caused at least partly by algae in the Kansas River. But they are assuring residents the water is safe to drink.
City offices in Lawrence and Topeka have received dozens of complaints about the water tasting "musty" or "earthy."
Don Rankin, city water superintendent in Topeka, says the water contains elevated levels of two compounds that give it the bad taste.
And in Lawrence, water officials say algae blooms in Clinton Lake and the Kansas River are causing problems with the water.
The problem is expected to continue for several days until the algae naturally dies off.