RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Anxiety is rising in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul-smelling or tasting water coming from taps in dozens of neighborhoods.
There are rumors flying on social media that the water is unfit for consumption or that the water utility, Cedae, will cut off supply.
People are hoarding water, and some supermarkets' shelves have gone empty.
The utility maintains that the peculiar water is due to a non-toxic organic compound called geosmin, but Rio state's governor appears to have lost patience:
On Tuesday night he called for analysis of the water's quality as well as of the utility's management.