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What Alters the Taste of Tap Water and How Can You Improve the Taste of Your Water at Home?

7190209429_6d6b828104_mThere are many reasons why people choose to install water filtration systems in their homes, but one of the most common reasons is that they want to improve the taste of their water. We all know how healthy it is to drink water on a daily basis, but it is much more difficult to drink a lot of water when the water that comes out of your taps has an offensive taste. Today we’re going to talk about what types of contaminants can alter the taste of your tap water and how installing a water filtration system can ensure your water tastes great all the time!

Common strange tastes in New Hampshire tap water

Some of the most common types of tastes that homeowners in New Hampshire complain about when it comes to their tap water include:

  • Chemical or “pool water” taste. Do you ever drink a glass of water that tastes like it came directly from a swimming pool? That taste you’re getting most likely comes from the disinfectant chemicals that are added to public water supplies. Water treatment plants use either chlorine or chloramine (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) to treat water, which are the same chemicals that are used to disinfect pools. Even at small quantities, the taste of chlorine and chloramine can be present in your drinking water.
  • Metallic taste. If your water has a metallic taste, it is most likely due to high concentrations of some sort of metal in your water. Common culprits of metallic tasting water include zinc, iron, low pH levels, manganese and lead.
  • Musty or moldy taste. Sometimes tap water can have a moldy, musty or “Earthy” taste. The source of this strange taste is usually organic matter in the source water supply (lake, river, etc.). Although water treatment plants will remove some of the organic matter from source water, residual tastes will often remain by the time the water reaches your home.
  • Rotten egg taste. Sulfur and bacteria are two water contaminants that give off a rotten egg taste and smell. This is one of the most offensive tastes that tap water can have, and it can make it very difficult to drink.

Install a water filtration system for access to great tasting water at home

All of the contaminants we listed above can be removed by installing a water filtration system in your home. The type of filtration system that’s right for you will depend on what exactly is in your water. Contact McBride’s Water Advantage to schedule a water analysis so we can test your water for various contaminants and help you choose the system that will address your home’s particular problems. After installing a water filtration system, your water will taste better than ever, which will allow you to drink much more of it.
If you have any questions about your tap water’s taste, or if you’d like a water system serviced or installed in your home, contact McBride’s Water Advantage, your water softener and water filtration system dealer in Epsom, NH. We provide service all over New Hampshire, including towns like Pittsfield, Barnstead and Allenstown, NH.
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