In 2015 the Water Quality Association published a study called the Consumers’ Opinion & Perceptions Regarding Water Quality. The survey found that bottled water use was on the rise. A major reason for this, was that 41% of consumers were dissatisfied with their tap water’s taste and odor. Let’s look at it more closely.
What causes bad taste in tap water?
Help, my water tastes metallic!
Old water infrastructure can be a cause of metallic tastes in water. In the 1970s lead soldering was a popular way of installing water pipes. It was banned in 1986, but many old pipes remain. Water with a low pH can also develop a metallic taste. The low pH makes the water acidic and aggressive, it will try to leech minerals out of the water pipes. Some softeners can lead to low pH in water.
My water has a sort of dirt taste …
An organic or moldy tasting water can be very common. High organics from surface waters can lead to an earthy taste. Geosmin, which is naturally occurring and produced by bacteria after algae decay, can be the cause of a dirt taste. Also, broken water pipes can lead to brown water events and earthy water. Often the water will have a brown/green tinge.
My water has an awful chlorine or chemical taste!
In some parts of the world, the water tastes of chlorine. Chlorine (bleach) is a very popular disinfection chemical, and is widely used. If not properly regulated, chorine can be over used, and can lead to a bad chemical taste in your water.
Why does my water taste salty?
A salty taste can mean that sodium or chloride is present in your water. Sodium can come from water softeners, where salt is used to neutralize calcium. Depending on where your water comes from, it might also be that sulfates found in the ground water are responsible.
What causes odor in tap water?
Usually, its actually the odor in the water we ‘taste’. Many of the reasons can be found listed above. Another common source of odor in water is hydrogen sulfide gas. This rotten egg smell, is a result of anaerobic bacteria present in the water. So if your water smells like sewerage, you probably have a bacteria problem in your water. If the smell is only when using the hot water, then you probably have bacteria growth in your water heater. This can all lead to illness, and should be solved immediately.
Is bottled water the answer?
Well, according to the Water Quality Association’s findings, it seems that way. A growing number of people are using bottled water, up to 77% of consumers. We at Seccua certainly don’t think bottled water is the answer. Bottled water is a food product, and is not regulated to the same extent that potable water is. A Swiss study found that out of a random selection of bottled waters, some 20% contained bacteria and other contaminates. Much of ‘bottled’ water is often just tap water, or even ground water with minimal treatment.
Also, a major concern of using bottled water is the energy required to produce it and the waste generated. Only 1 out of 5 bottles are recycled, the rest end up as land fill. The production of water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil per year. And it takes 3 times the water to make the bottle, as it does just to fill the bottle.
Then there is the price. Bottle water costs up to 2,000 times the price of tap water, or up to twice the cost of regular petrol!
How can you take control?
Seccua filtration can remove bad taste & odor from tap water. Take control of your own water, and get a free offer of our filtration system today! Our hotline: (844) 533-1305
Seccua filtration for a better taste
If you think your water doesn’t taste right, speak out. Talk to your neighbors, contact your water provider! A better solution: Take control of your water, Seccua has solutions for the home which can remove bad taste and odor, don’t wait for your provider to make a decision, it could take years! Use our Seccua Biofilter to absorb these contaminants.
15% of people in the United States use private well water. It’s up to you to ensure your water is safe to drink, no regulator will come knocking, but is your water safe for your family? Just because your water tastes and smells fine, doesn’t mean its safe to drink. For example, Arsenic, bacteria and viruses, don’t have a strong flavor but can lead to serious health issues. Be confident of your water, it’s our most vital resource.