WELLINGTON, Colo. — Residents of a northern Colorado town have used words like “disgusting” and “undrinkable” to describe the smell and taste of their drinking water this summer.

The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/2vCkas2 ) that town officials say Wellington’s water is safe to drink, but tastes and smells bad because blue-green algae developed in the main water source during the summer’s high temperatures.

A recent reservoir treatment beat the algae down, but completely eradicating it could cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars and could take years.

People living in larger cities with better-funded utilities have flocked to Wellington the past few years, boosting its population above 8,000.

Kelly Nehls moved to the town in 2016. She buys bottled water now and says she didn’t realize clean drinking water was a “luxury.”

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

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