It can be a bit unnerving when you pour yourself a nice big tall glass of water and you catch a whiff of a funny smell. Depending on the type of smell you are experiencing, there could be a few different things going on with your water.
Chlorine and Laundry Detergent
If your water smells like you just took a dip in the pool or more like bleach, then you might have a lot of chlorine in the water. Chlorine in the water is not a good thing. In the 1970s, scientists discovered chlorine in the drinking water forms Trihalomethanes (such as chloroform), which is a carcinogenic compound linked to several disorders of the nervous system, birth defects, and immune disorders among others.
If your water is foamy when you pour it into a glass, then it's possible just detergent has been spilled into your water source or there's a seepage in the septic system. You should also check your glass to make sure there isn't soap scum on the glass as leftover soap residue could also result in the foam and the smell. If it isn't the glass, you need to have the water tested. If soap can get into your water supply, so can bacteria.
Rotten Smell Coming From the Glass
If the water in your glass smells like a rotten egg or sulfur, it's possible it's because there are dissolved hydrogen sulfides in the water, which is usually found in water with a high iron content. While this isn't something that poses a risk to your health, it can be annoying when you're trying to enjoy the water. Another reason it could smell like rotten eggs is from sulfates. Sulfates are a mix of sulfur and oxygen that can build up in your water pipes. These are a little more harmful, causing a laxative-like effect and dehydration.
Smells Like Fish, Wood, or Gasoline
If your water smells like fish or has a woody smell, you could have cadmium or barium in your water. Chloramines – a combination of chlorine and ammonia – can also create this type of smell. If you smell something similar to gasoline, it could be a gas leak and should be addressed immediately.
While funky smelling water isn't a reason to panic, it isn't something you should ignore either. If you are concerned about drinking the water, just purchase some bottled water until you can get your water tested and treated. This will give you peace of mind while giving experts a change to find and fix the problem.
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20 July 2016
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