You may be one of the many people who don't like the taste of their tap water. Many people dislike the taste of their local water supply so much that they only drink bottle or filtered water. You may not know why that water tastes or smells funny. The reasons may not be what you think. Here are some of the top reasons why tap water may taste strange.
If your water tastes funny, there's a good chance that it's because of nature. Algae, bacteria, and even the type of rocks and soil the natural water supply flows through can affect the taste of your tap water. Water can taste sweet, bitter, like rotten eggs, fishy, or moldy because of natural conditions. The chemicals and processes used by your local treatment plant may also affect the taste of your water. These factors may be controlled through installing filters.
Bacteria inside your pipes:
Certain types of bacteria inside the pipes can make your water taste and smell like rotten eggs or rotting plants. Most of these bacteria are harmless except for those issues. Not only can bacteria be causing a problem in the pipes, but also through your water heater. There are several types of drain cleaners and enzymes that can help remove these types of bacteria. Be sure to follow directions exactly so as not to cause damage to water system components. If you are unsure of what to use, ask your plumber.
The types of pipes you use:
The type of pipes and their age can have an effect on tap water's taste. Copper and iron pipes often make water taste metallic. Some people notice a fruity or plastic taste with plastic pipes. Not only can the pipes make the water taste unusual, but so can the fittings. Complaints are more common when the pipes are new, before everything has settled and calcified. Some old metal pipes can be dangerous, as mercury and lead are common components of older pipes. If you're not sure what might be causing the strange taste, especially if it's metallic, you should have your water tested for safety reasons.
If you suspect the problem goes deeper than the issues listed above, have a plumber inspect your pipes and fittings. Plumbers may help with filters and treatments to make bad tasting water taste better. They can also help with pipe and fitting replacements, if needed.