Drinking water safe despite sweet odor after Jim Beam fire

Frankfort Plant Board water staff would like to remind customers that the drinking water is safe to drink following the Jim Beam warehouse fire earlier this week that resulted in runoff entering the Kentucky River. 

Some customers may temporarily detect a sweet or bourbon odor and taste in the water; however, it is safe to drink.

FPB staff is aware of this and, with state and local officials, continues to monitor the situation, as public safety and public health remain the priority.

A similar incident last occurred around 2000 when Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg experienced runoff into the river. Customers noticed a change in the smell and taste of the tap water for several days.  



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