Florida County Warns That Water Will Taste And Smell Strange Due To Lack Of Liquid Oxygen Because COVID

Forbes reports:

Residents in Hillsborough County, Florida have been asked to cut back on non-essential water usage like watering lawns and washing cars and warned to expect a “change in taste and odor in drinking water” as dwindling supplies of liquid oxygen, ordinarily used to purify drinking water, are diverted to hospitals.

The supplier said it had not been receiving expected shipments of liquid oxygen as deliveries are being diverted to local hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients.

Residents in the Tampa Bay area might “notice a slight change” in the taste and smell of drinking water, Hillsborough County said, but stressed the change “will not alter the quality of the drinking water.”

Read the full article. Last week the cities of Orlando and Winter Park also urged residents to cut back on water usage.