‘Pungent’ water reported across Oklahoma State campus

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STILLWATER, Okla.-- It's the talk all around Oklahoma State's campus, with stinky water filling the cups and minds of students on their first week of school.

"I don`t really have a description for it, just something`s a little off," said Senior, Mike Moore.

"Not a good first impression, because of the smell of the water," noted a passing student.

The problem lies miles away, off the shores of Lake Carl Blackwell.

Officials say algae in the water is naturally producing a bacteria known as MIB, which leaves the lake, and stinks up faucets all over OSU.

"It smelled like really pungent, like sulpher," said Mckenna Hereford, grad student.

Campus officials though say the water is entirely safe, releasing the following statement:

OSU Drinking water is safe for all use and consumption and is in full compliance with DEQ standards.  There is no need at this time to avoid the campus water.  The presence of algae in the water that produces MIB (2-methylisoborneolis) naturally occurring in surface water sources such as Lake Carl Blackwell and is present in the summer months.  The presence of MIB in drinking water is not classified as contamination.  The level experienced by OSU these last few weeks is not regulated since it does not pose health risks and is purely an aesthetic issue with taste and smell.  

The stink in Stillwater will likely be short lived. MIB reportedly will only last in a system between one and two weeks.

Those who manage such facilities say the issue, for the most part, has cleared.


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