Water Tastes and Odors
Is it normal for my water to smell or taste different?
In its normal state, water is colorless, odorless and tasteless. So if your water tastes or smells funny, here are some of the reasons why:
"Rotten Egg" Smell: If you notice this smell in your drinking water, it probably contains some level of hydrogen sulfide gas. While this gas is mostly harmless in water, it can produce a strong and unpleasant odor and taste. In some cases though the gas may be a result of sewage or other pollutants in your water so it is very important to have your water tested.
Chlorine Taste and Smell: Chlorine is added during water treatment to disinfectant and kill harmful bacteria and has been used to treat water for over 100 years. Some people, however, are more sensitive to the taste or smell and prefer to have it filtered out.
Metallic Taste: The most likely reason is the presence of actual metal content in your water. Trace metals like iron, manganese, zinc, and copper are all common water contaminates that can provide that unwanted hint of a metal taste. Another reason your water may have a metallic taste is because of low pH.
"Musty or Swampy" Taste and Odor: This is normally a result of compounds of decayed vegetation or other various forms of algae. While they are not toxic, they can produce an unpleasant odor to your water.
Central PA Soft Water can install a water purification system in your home to resolve these issues.