Does Your Tap Water Taste of Dirt?

Most of us expect the water coming out of our faucets to be crystal clear and free of any odd odors. We definitely don’t want our water to have a bad taste, but this isn’t always the case. Even if your water is supplied by the city and has been deemed safe by your utility company, it can still have undesirable characteristics. Sometimes issues with the taste, color, and odor of water can slip through the treatment plant tests because they are part of the secondary drinking water standards category. Does Your Tap Water Taste of Dirt

Secondary Drinking Water Standards

The EPA established the National Primary Drinking Water Standards to protect drinking water quality. These standards limit specific contaminants that can have an adverse effect on public health.

Additionally, the National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations were established by the EPA. These NSDWRs set non mandatory standards for approximately 15 contaminants. These are not enforced by the EPA, but instead, provide guidelines to assist utilities and public water systems to manage aesthetic considerations for drinking water. Although the EPA doesn’t federally enforce the contaminant levels for these “aesthetic effects” they do issue special notices and help states to keep water quality in check.

Why Water Tastes Dirty

Some water sources may have a year round odd taste, while others can change according to the season. If your home is supplied with city tap water, a dirty taste is typically caused by algae blooms or cyanobacteria. Municipal water supplies can become plagued by excessive algae growth, creating a couple of compounds; 2-methyl isoborneol (MIB) and geosmin. These compounds are both accompanied by a dirt like, earthy taste. While these compounds are not known to be toxic, they still cause problems. Even a minute amount is detectable by the human palette, leaving our drinking water tasting like dirt. Although the chlorination disinfection treatment at municipal plants does not remove MIB or geosmin, there are other methods of filtration that are highly effective.

Finding the Best Water Filters

While a dirt like taste to your water may not be a hazard to your health, it can be unappealing and discourage staying hydrated. Fortunately, an efficient filtration system can provide great tasting water to keep your family healthy and hydrated. Depending on your needs and usage, there are a number of different options. Filtration units with multi stage filtration are usually a solid choice, providing customized filters based on specific requirements. This means that you can tailor your filtration unit to remove any unwanted contaminants including geosmin and MIB, lead, chlorine and any other chemicals that may be compromising the aesthetics and safety of your drinking water.

Unpleasant tasting water doesn’t need to be a problem at certain times of the year. With the installation of the right filter, all your drinking water will be clean and delicious tasting.

If you have concerns about your water quality or have unappealing tasting drinking water, you should speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified specialist can guide you through the range of treatment options that meet or possibly even exceed the industry standards.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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