No one enjoys drinking bad tasting water. Unfortunately, while tap water is the United States is among the safest in the world, this doesn’t always mean that it tastes great.
Approximately 86% of the population in the U.S receive water from a municipal or public water supply. While this water is monitored and treated to ensure it is free of viruses and harmful levels of contaminants, it may not taste great when it comes out of your taps. From strong chlorine smells to rotten egg odors, bitter tastes to unappealing aesthetic qualities, if your water doesn’t taste good, then you’re likely to look to bottled water or other beverages to stay hydrated. This can add a significant cost to your grocery bill, but is there a way to improve the taste of your tap water?
Understanding Why Your Water Tastes Bad
There can be a number of reasons why your water may taste unpleasant. It is quite common for city water supplies to have a strong taste of chlorination. Chlorine is routinely added to most municipal supplies as a disinfectant, but the harsh odor can linger, creating a swimming pool-like taste.
Other homeowners find their water tastes salty, metallic or bitter. These strong tastes are often the result of TDS or total dissolved solids that are naturally occurring minerals or organic materials. TDS can be due to water supplies passing through mineral rich rock formations to reach an aquifer or as a result of plankton, silt or decaying leaves affecting surface water sources. High TDS levels can also result from industrial waste, fertilizers or water runoff.
While these odors and tastes may not necessarily pose a risk to health, they can make your drinking water far less satisfying and enjoyable.
Ways to Improve the Taste of Your Tap Water
There are a number of water treatment solutions that can boost water quality and improve the taste.
Reverse Osmosis uses a semi permanent membrane to filter out any unwanted elements. It is an effective way to improve the taste of your water by reducing TDS and chlorine and eliminate inorganic and organic substances. Reverse Osmosis provides extremely high quality water at an economical cost.
Whole house filters can be used not only to reduce water hardness, but also improve the water taste. An experienced water treatment technician can configure your whole house filter to remove chlorine odors and taste, in addition to other elements that could be compromising the aesthetic qualities of your water.
Carbon Filters can be effective at removing some odors and tastes, particularly those caused by organic substances. The water flows through an activated carbon filter, and it can remove a number of contaminants. This treatment method is particularly effective for removing hydrogen sulfide that causes a rotten egg smell in water, but carbon filters can also be used to remove chloramines, chlorine and some synthetic organic chemicals.
If you have concerns about the taste of your tap water, it is a good idea to speak with a professional water treatment technician. A fully WQA certified specialist can not only assess your water quality, but guide you through the treatment options that meet or possibly exceed the industry standards.
With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.