By COLE AVERY
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
The taste and smell of water in the Laguna Madre area should return to normal as early as the end of the week, according to Gavino Sotelo, general manager of the Laguna Madre water district.
Sotelo said his office began receiving complaints last Friday about a bad taste and smell in the water. He said the water is safe to drink, and his office has taken steps to make it taste like normal.
“We’ve had a lot of demand on our system that caused the water in the reservoir to drop,” Sotelo said.
In addition to the high demand, the heat and lack of rain has also caused the water to drop. The National Weather Service has recorded just six and a half inches of rain in the Valley since the beginning of the year, which is below average.
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