Does it irritate you that your drinking water stinks?
Do you get angry that you can’t get a good tasting drink of water from your own faucet?
Are you frustrated when you take a shower or a bath and the water smells so bad you don’t feel clean?
You’re not alone. In fact, a lot of people have a problem with the taste and odors in their drinking water.
I’ve worked for three different water plants and only one didn’t have a problem with taste and odors (although it does now).
The reason for bad tastes and odors in drinking water varies. For water plants that get their water from lakes, streams, rivers etc cause two biggest causes are decayed vegetation and algae. Industrial wastes and agricultural runoff can also produce taste and odor.
For plants that get their water from wells the issue is usually due to dissolved minerals and gasses. For instance, iron and zinc can give an objectionable taste and hydrogen sulfide can produce a rotten egg smell.
Long story made short… nearly all water plants will have a problem with taste and odor at some time. The real question is, what can you do about it?
Great question… I’m glad you asked.
There are a number of solutions that can provide great tasting odor free water. Some work better than others. And some are more expensive than others. I will give you a breakdown of some of the devices you can get starting from least expensive to most expensive.
Note: I am omitting bottled water as it is the most expensive solution in the long run.
With ANY water filter designed for removing taste and odor it must have activated carbon in the filter.
Filtered Water Pitcher: These are relatively inexpensive and they can come as powered filters and standard filters. Powered filters will deliver water faster than non-powered ones.
Point of Use Filters: These filters can fit on either the end of the faucet or under the sink. These can be less expensive that a filtered water pitcher, but they can also be much more expensive. Point of use filters can also remove other toxins in the water depending on the type of filter you get.
You can also get a point of use filter for your showerhead.
Whole house filters: While point of use filters can be less expensive in the beginning, you could end up spending a lot of money on individual filters and having to deal with changing the filters. If you don’t want to bother with all of that, you can get a whole house filter device. These connect to the main water line coming into the home.
Reverse Osmosis: These are more expensive devices that provide almost pure water. A reverse osmosis device will strip out most of the toxins. Reverse osmosis units come as point of use up to whole house and beyond.
Distillers: A distillation unit will also provide almost pure water.They generate pure water in batches. You can get them in capacities of one gallon up to 12 gallons. Of course, the greater the capacity the more expensive the units will be.