If your tap water tastes bad it is likely from a contaminant. If you can narrow down what type of contaminant it is you will have an easier time finding out what the problem is.
If you already know how your water tastes bad then you might want to view a more specific taste:
- The Taste Series
- Why does Cold Water Taste Better?
- Why does my water taste bad?
- Why does my water taste bitter?
- Why does my water taste funny?
- Why does my water taste like blood?
- Why does my water taste like chemicals?
- Why does my water taste like chlorine?
- Why does my water taste like metal?
- Why does my water taste like plastic?
- Why does my water taste like soap?
- Why does my water taste salty?
Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?
Hydrogen sulfide is most often the cause of a bad ‘rotten egg’ taste or smell. This gas is naturally occurring in some cases, but can also be caused by plumbing issues.
- Can occur naturally in well or ground water.
- Produced by some bacteria that can live in your ground or well water.
- Produced by bacteria or chemical reactions that occur inside of water heaters that are in the process of breaking down.
- Can be released when drilling or fracking for oil. Oil or natural gas is called ‘sour’ if it contains lots of hydrogen sulfide.
- From pollutants.
How to fix bad-tasting water
There are many methods to remove foul tastes from your water; some require a whole home system, while others are treatments that can fix a specific cause of metal in your water. First, you’ll want to test your water and consult an expert to see which water filtration system works best for your situation.
Works by pushing water through a membrane that stops many harmful contaminants. Reverse osmosis is quite effective at improving water quality and will remove many dissolved solids and other chemical contaminants. It works to remove most metals including copper, lead, magnesium, manganese, and iron. It should be noted that hydrogen sulfide is a gas and if it’s dissolved in the water supply it can pass through a reverse osmosis system.
Not my favourite form of water purification as it removes the most’ taste’ from the water; however it is the best at removing some contaminants. Distilled water is made by boiling water into steam; this leaves the contaminants and dissolved minerals behind. With proper usage, distillation will remove 100% of minerals from the water, however it will not remove things with a lower boiling point than water, such as chlorine (however, chlorine will naturally off-gas). This makes distillation a great option for removing metals. You can also add minerals back into your water after distillation to improve the tap water taste.
Suppose you’re looking to improve the taste of your water while leaving behind some of the healthier minerals such as magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium. In that case, an activated charcoal filter might be right for you. While it will still leave behind some unwanted minerals, it can vastly reduce any that might cause health problems. For example, a properly maintained activated charcoal filter can remove many metals up to a 90% level. However it won’t be able to completely remove the metals, so if you have a dangerous metal such as lead in your water system you will want something more robust.
A water softener can remove small amounts of metal from your water, however if you are experiencing a large amount of metal you will want to use another method of water treatment or add an iron filter to your water softener.
An iron filter is a replaceable cartridge that removes iron from your water supply.
A rust remover is a treatment that can be done on your water softener. Follow the instructions of a rust remover like Rust Out. This will help in short term, but you should still try to find out what is causing rust in your system.
Flushing Your Pipes
This is especially useful to remove rust from your iron pipes in a home or pipe that hasn’t been used very often. It is the simplest solution, however it doesn’t fix the root cause of the problem. If your water tastes bitter or metallic after flushing the pipes you will need to address the root of the problem.
The Taste Series
Does your water taste a certain type of way? Find out why with our series of water taste articles.
- The Taste Series – Why does my water taste ______? Water can have many different underlying tastes; some […]
- Ever thought about why we drink cold water or prefer ice-cold water? At one point, you may have […]
- Why does my water taste bad?If your tap water tastes bad it is likely from a contaminant. If you can narrow down what […]
- A bitter taste in drinking water can be caused by the presence of metals, a high ph, or […]
- Why does my water taste funny?If your tap water starts tasting funny then it is best to get to the root cause of […]
- Why does my water taste like blood?There are a number of different reasons why your water may taste like blood. A high iron content […]
- Usually, your tap water should taste or smell relatively neutral. However, if there is a new or existing […]
- The smell and taste of chlorine or a bleach-like smell in tap water is usually a residual amount […]
- A metallic taste in drinking water can be caused by the presence of one or a combination of […]
- Why does my water taste like plastic?Although it most commonly occurs when you let water sit in a plastic bottle for too long, plastic […]
- Why does my water taste like soap?A soapy taste can be caused by many different contaminants on the way into your glass. So in […]
- When you have a glass of salty-tasting water it’s automatic to assume that it just has a little […]
- Why does my water taste sour?A sour taste is most commonly caused by acidic water. Water with a lower pH level will begin […]
- Why does my water taste sweet?A sweet taste in your drinking water can be caused by various contaminants, some of which are harmless […]
- Why is my tap water smelly?Pure water is supposed to be odourless, colourless, tasteless, and neutral. However, tap water is not pure; it […]