Why does your tap water not smell and taste right?
You turn on the tap to pour yourself a drink, and the water which comes out looks cloudy. Or, you notice a smell coming from your tap water that is not right. Neither of these situations is ideal, as you would probably not want to drink water that does not taste as you expect it to.
So, why might the water that comes from the tap in your home look or smell bad? Let’s examine some of the reasons why this might be the case, and explain how you can ensure that tap water is always safe to drink.
What affects the look and smell of tap water?
There are several different circumstances when tap water may not smell or appear as you would expect it to. These circumstances include:
- When water pipes have corroded. Once this happens, the pipes will need to be replaced.
- When the water main has burst. This is a problem that usually affects the neighbourhood. The water company needs to take action to fix the main as soon as possible.
- When the water company is carrying out work. If the water company is working on the water supply network in your area, this can have an adverse effect on the look and taste of your tap water. If you contact the water company, they should be able to advise you about any work that is being carried out.
All of these issues can be to blame for your tap water having a bad smell or appearance.
Ensuring your water is safe to drink
The good news is that you can use a water filtration system to get rid of any impurities in your tap water, and make it safe to drink. Filtration can also get rid of substances which cause your water supply to taste bad.
You need to do your research, in order to find the best water filters for this purpose. If you only want to filter a relatively small amount of water at one time, a counter top water filter may be a good investment. This type of water filter is reasonably priced, as it simply attaches to your tap and does not need to be plumbed in. Under sink water filters enable you to filter more water; they are also located under the sink which is often more convenient. But, you should be prepared for a higher initial investment than you would have to make for a counter top water filter.
As we have explained, there can be several reasons why your tap water looks and tastes bad. Whatever the reason, you can ensure that you have clean water to drink by using a water filtration system in your home. It’s also worth remembering that, even when it looks clean, your tap water can contain items such as dirt and pesticides. This is why water purification is always a good idea.