If you’re using a water purifier, filtration system, or RO filter in your home or business, you should expect clean and fresh water to drink. But, there are times when the filtered water may taste bad, and this can be a cause for concern. In this article, we will take a closer look at four potential causes of bad tasting filtered water.

1.  A New Filtration System is Producing Bitter Water

If you’ve installed a new water filtration system in your home, it’s natural to think that it should work with no problems immediately. Sadly, in many cases, this is not true because there is a settling period that can take a short time to complete. A water filter may have a filter element protection liquid that requires significant rinsing. The water may taste bitter, and there may be an odd odor that doesn’t seem to dissipate. The easiest way to deal with this problem is to open the sewage outlet and faucet. Then run the water for at least 15 minutes to remove the odor completely, and the water should taste clean.

2.  Poor Quality Water Purifiers and Filters

It’s tempting to “save money” when you’re making a significant investment, and this is especially true when it comes to choosing and installing a water filtration system. When you see a system at a big box store, it’s easy to focus on the cheap price tag. But, in the medium to long-term this investment is usually compromised by a lack of performance, inefficiency, and an earlier than expected replacement. In reality, poor quality water filtration equipment will not filter or purify the water to the standards that you want. The functionality of a well recognized water purification brand will always outperform a non-brand alternative with up to 7x better results. So, it’s important to consider this before you make a final commitment to buy. This approach can also be applied to replacement filters for the system because you’re relying on their filtration capabilities.

3.  The Filter Element Has Expired

When a water purifier has been used for too long, the filter element becomes weaker as it reaches the end of its projected service life. There are two factors that can hasten this process: bacterial growth and fermented plant spores. These factors usually arise when the weather is especially hot, and the filter element is used more often. The color and the quality of the water become compromised, and the filter element needs to be replaced. At the core of many filter cartridges, you will find a granular activated carbon (GAC) filter that removes colors and odors from the incoming water. Replacing this GAC first will have a huge impact on the water quality because any organic solvents are removed.

4.  The Deterioration of Preserved Water

A water purifier that has been out of use for a while may have some water remaining inside the filter element. If this has been a long period of disuse, this trapped water may taste and smell bad. Removing the filter element and cleaning the stagnant water may be the solution to this problem. If this doesn’t fix the issue, simply clean the filter housing and install a fresh filter cartridge.

If you’re concerned about the quality of your drinking water, contact your local water treatment specialist today.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.