GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The taste and smell of drinking water in Grand Forks, N.D. may not be as pleasant as usual after heavy rainfall came through the area, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

A pair of organic chemical compounds were stirred up as a result of six inches of rainfall in the Red River Valley, noted the article.

“The rain just caught us off guard,” said Hazel Sletten, superintendent of water treatment in Grand Forks. “It’s something that we have to react to, and sometimes we can catch it perfectly. But sometimes we just miss it.”

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Sletten said that despite an earthy taste and slight odor, the water is still safe to drink.

It could take three to four days for the treatment to work its way through the water treatment cycle, stated the article.

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