What to do if your water tastes funny?

Published on: February 9, 2022

Does your tap water taste funny or odd? Municipal water supplies often have unpleasant tastes and not all changes in appearance, smell, or taste are indicators of danger, but some are.

Chemical Tastes and Smells

Chlorine smell and taste is not usually a cause for concern given that most municipalities use chlorine to disinfect water supplies. However, if this taste is overtly strong, contact a local plumber and/or your local health agency to express your concerns.

Gas, Turpentine, or Petroleum

Gas, turpentine, or petroleum taste, although rare, can be hazardous to health and could indicate underground contamination. Do not drink and contact a local health agency immediately.

Mineral or Heavy Metal Taste

Mineral or iron tastes could indicate mineral or metal seepage from pipes, leading to copper toxicity or other hazards. A plumber may be able to identify the issue and offer solutions such as filtration systems or pipe replacement.

Other Tastes That Could Indicate Contamination

  • Sulfur
  • Rotten eggs
  • Fish
  • Salt
  • Musty or moldy

These could be indications of bacterial or other contamination from wells, drains, water heaters, or pipes.

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