Here is a list of the most commonly report taste/odor concerns:
Chlorine or pool smell – The smell comes directly from the chlorine that is added to disinfect (kill any harmful bacteria, protozoa, viruses) your water. Chlorine concentrations vary throughout the system, but typically range from 0.2 - 1.8 parts per million (much lower than pool water), which is the minimum necessary to keep the water safe at the boundaries of our system. Chlorine smell is typically more noticeable during warmer months, in your hot water (especially in the shower), and in the morning, when the water has warmed in your household plumbing overnight.
Some easy tips to limit the smell of chlorine in your drinking water are:
- Running the water (or showering, flushing toilets, first) for a couple minutes prior to grabbing a glass of water or making coffee
- Cooling your drinking water in a pitcher in the refrigerator
- allowing your water to sit out for a few minutes prior to drinking.
Metallic Taste - This taste can come from natural elements in our source water and is often reported by new residence accustomed to drinking water from another region. Water can pick up tastes and odors from new pipe or low usage in certain area of the system. We aim to limit these issues by flushing low use areas regularly.
Septic/sewer drains - The smell coming up from a dirty sink drain can cause someone to think their water is the source of the problem. If you notice that your water has a “dirty” taste or smell, try drinking it away from the sink. This issue can be fixed by cleaning out the drain pipe with a bleach solution.
Rubber or Plastic Taste – This problem is most commonly reported in the summer and is the result of a garden hose being hooked up to an outside faucet. As the hose heats up it imparts an unpleasant odor into the water. If the spigot is left on, or the backflow device does not hold, the odor can make it into the entire house. To fix this issue, simply turn off the spigot and disconnect the hose after each use.
If you have any questions about taste and odor in your water, please feel free to call our office at 828-286-0640.