Even if you received chlorinated water from a city or town water supply, the water can sometimes have a foul taste to it. Although many people object to the taste and smell of chlorine, and other contaminants can also make your water unpalatable. Bad-tasting water can also be found in well water in rural areas.
Even if what is causing the bad taste is essentially harmless and will not cause illness, drinking and cooking with water that has an off flavor is still undesirable. There are a number of things that can result in bad-tasting water:
- A metallic flavor can be imparted from iron water pipes, especially if the water has been stationary in the pipes for a long period of time, even overnight.
- Algal blooms during the summer can affect the water in reservoirs that serve municipal water systems. The residue from these blooms will impart a musty, mildew taste to the water.
- Hydrogen sulfide can make your water smell and taste like rotten eggs. Some hydrogen sulfide is naturally occurring and will simply seep into your water supply, but bacteria in drains can also be the cause.
- If your water has a soapy taste to it, or smells like soap or detergent, you may be getting seepage from your septic tank into your drinking water supply. Cracks in the water intake pipe can allow contaminants to enter your drinking water.
In some cases, such as the problems caused by algal blooms, the condition will rectify itself when the weather becomes colder and the algae die back for the year. However, the other sources of the bad taste mean that you will have to take steps to freshen your water supply.
Water Filters to the Rescue
The best way to deal with bad-tasting water is to use a water filter to remove the foul taste. There are a number of options that can help you and your family to enjoy your water.
- Pitcher filters are an inexpensive solution to bad-tasting water as long as there is no bacterial or chemical pollution, and they are generally designed just to get rid of bad tastes, including chlorine and take a while to filter water through.
- Countertop, gravity feed filters are designed to remove not only bad tastes, but also nearly every possible contaminant from your water. They deliver excellent tasting, pure water for years before the filtering elements need replacing, although the candles should be cleaned off every month or so.
- Under the sink filters like the Multipure Aquaversa MP750SB are another way to get rid of bad taste and reduce contaminants, and they also help to keep your counter space uncluttered.
- Filters that attach right to the faucet are convenient to use, but are limited to what they will filter.
- Whole house filters such as the Multipure Aquasource will eliminate foul smelling water and reduce a wide range of contaminants throughout the home. These filters will not only allow you to drink and cook with clean water, but will allow for care free bathing and showering.
Whatever water filter system you purchase make sure it will filter what the manufacturer claims it will and it is a good quality filter system as it is a big investment. Multipure water filter are certified to NSF standards 42 for aesthetics and 53 for health effects and 58 for Multipure’s Aquacomplete reverse osmosis system.
Multipure also have a 90 day satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty on the filter housings.