The water tastes so bad at Edisto Beach that hardly anyone drinks it, but for $8 million the town can fix the problem.

That is the conclusion of experts who say that with a new treatment system residents can partake of what comes out of the tap without turning up their noses.

The stuff in the water causes other problems, too, because it corrodes plumbing, appliances and water heaters, the town says.

But it can be useful for cooking.

“If you use the tap water you don’t have to salt anything. It’s great when you cook grits,” said Town Administrator Iris Hill.

A referendum is scheduled June 25 for 700 registered voters who call Edisto their primary home to decide whether it is advisable to move forward with the project. The town has 2,500 water accounts.

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