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Unpleasant Taste / Odor

Unpleasant Water Odors and how to fix them

Taste and Odor Issues in Water

  • Chlorine, Chloramines, Chlorine Dioxide – (chlorinous, bleach smell or taste)
  • Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (solvent, petroleum taste/odor)
  • Hydrogen sulfide – (rotten egg)
  • Iron – (metallic taste, rust color)
  • Manganese – (metallic taste, brown/black color, staining)
  • Minerals (TDS) & Metals Hardness – (salty/bitter taste)
  • Chlorides – (salty/mineral taste)
  • Sulfate – (salty/mineral taste)
  • Corrosion products – Aluminum,Copper, Zinc, suspended iron (Al – cloudy; Cu – metallic taste/green or blue color; Iron-rust – metallic taste, rust color)
  • PH – pH < 6.5 (acidic/bitter taste) pH > 8.5 (alkaline/slippery taste-feel)

Harmful Effects of Water That Smells

  • Chlorine – mouth/skin irritation (disinfection byproducts (TTHM’s,HAA5’s, etc.) – carcinogenic)
  • Geosmin/MIB – none documented
  • Chlorophenols – carcinogenic, liver/kidney damage
  • MTBE – none documented at < 0.04 mg/L (USEPA)
  • Petroleum products: Benzene, Xylenes – anemia, carcinogenic, nervous system damage
  • Copper – gastrointestinal distress, liver/kidney damage, Wilson’s disease
  • Sulfate – laxative effects
  • Overall poor taste/odor – indirectly may contribute to dehydration due to low consumption of water
  • pH < 6.5 – corrosion by-products (lead, copper, etc)

*Gallup Well Services does not claim the above listed health effects as factual. Many studies are available online. These studies can vary over time. 

Treatment Options for Water That Has an Odor or Taste

  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Chemical Feeder
  • Water Softener
  • Acid Neutralizer
  • Activated Carbon
  • Ozone Filtration
  • Multi-Media Filtration
  • Carbon Filtration
  • Aeration or Air Injection Oxidation

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