There are many things that can give drinking water a bad taste and a foul odour. Reasons could include chemicals used to treat your drinking water, environmental contaminants or even concentrations of metal that have been cast off in old plumbing pipes.
Below you will find a list of the most common smells, possible causes and recommendations.
A rotten-egg smell or taste suggests the presence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Sulfates may also cause the water to taste salty. While water contaminated with hydrogen sulfide does not necessarily pose a health risk, it is unpleasant to the consumer. The source of the rotten egg smell can possibly be linked to bacteria growth found in drains, water heaters, wells or even on the inside of the pipes themselves. Celtic Water Solutions would recommend the installation of an Ozone Pumping Station
Have you noticed a musty, earthy smell from your water? This may be due to dissolved solids. Such aromas and tastes may be caused by a high level of naturally occurring organic matter in the raw water. To rectify this we would recommend the installation of two units a Colour & Turbidity Unit together with a Reverse Osmosis Unit
Then there’s the smell and taste of chlorine. Chlorine is used to maintain hygienic conditions within the public water supply network of pipes in Ireland. It’s there to make water safer to drink and originates during the normal chlorination treatment process. However, the smell and taste of chlorine while it causes no harm to one’s health is is unpleasant. To enjoy the taste of your water we would recommend the installation of a Reverse Osmosis drinking unit.
If your water smells and tastes metallic this may be a sign of mercury, lead, copper, arsenic, or iron in the water. Manganese and zinc may also cause a metallic smell or taste. These chemicals may come from the pipes themselves. The installation of an Iron & Manganese Filter would remove the metallic elements in the water.