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Antwerp tap water stinks to a lot of algae (but still drinkable)
Antwerp The Antwerp tap water stinks, to this conclusion came many inhabitants of antwerp this morning. Water company Water-link got a lot of phone calls from worried residents. The cause of the unpleasant smell is a too high number of algae in the albert canal, that a confluence of coincidences lush thrive.

Who this morning took a shower or a glass of tap water is drank, it will may have noticed. The water has an unpleasant metallic smell and taste. Several concerned Antwerpenaars called to Water-link to report the problem. The cause is a natural algae that, due to circumstances, in large quantities is present in the albert canal. “Since today, complaints about the smell, the taste and the colour of the drinking water. This is the result of a natural phenomenon, namely an algal bloom in the albert canal”, sounds at Water-Link. “More specifically, the cryptomonas, this is a micro-algae which can grow at low temperatures.” Is the cause of the very warm summer of 2018 which makes the water resources still be lower than normal and the warm temperatures at this time. “But also the sunken vessel plays a role. That ship carried ammonium, a fertilizer where the alg to can do well”, sounds at Water-link.

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Although the algae are neutralized in the zuiveringseenheden of Water-link, they can not be removed completely. Immediate danger to the public health, however, there is not. Except for the unsavory smell and taste, the water is perfectly drinkable, and complies with all regulatory standards. When the water again will be free of that metaalsmaak, it is difficult to predict. “We expect that the growth of these algae - depending on the weather - only time will last”, it sounds still. Water-link is viewing what adjustments in the treatment process as possible to limit the inconvenience. Initially recommended Water-link to buy bottled water but that is no longer necessary. A few days of freezing weather would be there in any case already for sure that the algae is no longer spreading and that they eventually will decrease.


The symptoms occur mainly in Antwerp-South and the Centre, the districts Wilrijk, Hoboken, Berchem, Borgerhout and the Left bank, in Edegem, Hove, Mortsel Zwijndrecht. The same symptoms can also voortdoen in the municipalities of Kontich and Boechout by Pidpa be supplied with drinking water originating from Water-link.

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