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Brunswick businesses tap into budgets due to poor county water

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Last week we told you about some residents in the southern part of Brunswick County who were concerned about their tap water. They claimed the water had an odor, and for some a strange taste. The county says the odor comes from an algae bloom in the lower Cape Fear River, and that they are treating it with chemicals.

This situation has also had a negative financial affect on some Brunswick County businesses.

If you walk into the Driftwood Grill in Supply, you’re forewarned.

“Tea is a staple, it’s part of the culture, and since Friday, we haven’t been able to serve any tea, because people say it tastes bad,” said Tim Norton of the Driftwood Grill.

Driftwood Grill customers have sent their tea and coffee back all week, saying it tastes bad. As a result, the owners have had to go out and buy pre-made iced tea, just to satisfy their regulars.

It’s no different at restaurants in Holden Beach either. County water is used at local restaurants like the Paradise Cafe. It’s used for cooking all the way down to the ice in your drink.

“We gave a lot of refunds last week, and I was at another restaurant a friend of mine owns, and the people got up and left because they said their iced tea tasted funny, and we assume your food is going to be worse, it will affect your business,” said Chris Politis, owner of the Paradise Café.

According to Politis, the taste of the water this week is an improvement from last.

The county recognizes the problem, and is in the process of treating the water across the county.

An algae bloom in the lower Cape Fear River affected the raw water the county uses, and that triggered the odor. They’ve added activated carbon to remove the odor and taste.

According to officials, the water is perfectly safe to drink.

“The water is safe to use, and we are making progress to get the taste and odor out of the water, but it will take some time to flush it out,” said Jerry Pierce of Brunswick County Water and Sewer.

Until the system is completely cleared out, business owners are willing to pay out of pocket for bottled water, tea and soda so that they can keep their customers happy.

Officials say the odor and taste should be gone before the week is over.

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videoLast week we told you about some residents in the southern part of Brunswick County who were concerned about their tap water. This situation has also had a negative financial affect on some Brunswick County businesses.

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