Ideally, water is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. In many cases, this is not the case, due to multiple different reasons.
Musty taste or smell – Can be caused by decaying vegetation.
“Rotten egg” smell – Caused by hydrogen sulfide in groundwater supplies. Can occur naturally or be caused by bacteria. The smell can also affect food cooked using this water and transfer the smell to skin or hair in the shower or clothing in the laundry. In addition, it can causes metal appliances to corrode more quickly than normal.
Metallic taste – Can be caused by the presence of iron, copper, manganese, or zinc. May be caused by the element in the groundwater or the aging of your water distribution system and the corrosion of copper piping or brass fittings. Also, water containing iron or manganese cause dark orange or black staining on clothing, fixtures, and even your hair.
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