The City of Cape Town would like to reassure residents who have detected an earthy taste in their tap water that it remains safe to drink and compliant with SANS241 standards. The change in taste is due to the presence of geosmin in the raw water supply. Geosmin poses no threat to human health. It is a naturally occurring organic compound and is responsible for the earthy taste of beetroot and the scent that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell. The compound is sometimes present in water, particularly during periods of hot weather, and even minute concentrations of a few parts per trillion can be detected by the human palate. The City advises residents that there high levels of geosmin in the raw water supply from the Voëlvlei and the Theewaterskloof dams. This is affecting the taste and smell of the water supplied from the Voëlvlei, Faure and Blackheath water treatment plants to various areas across Cape Town, primarily the central, southern, and western suburbs, as well as the Atlantic Seaboard. The City is currently dosing powdered activated carbon during the water treatment process to reduce the effect of the geosmin, however, it may take some time for the taste and smell of the water to normalise.