Turn on the tap and taste a glass of water, mindfully for a change. Does it smell odd? Most of the time, we don’t really pay attention to the taste of water, but it pays to observe what we feed our body to look after it. Sometimes, tap water can contain contaminants that affect the taste. These contaminants can be picked up from private wells, underground utility pipes or the local municipal water source. Municipalities often add chlorine to purify water but this can affect the taste and smell in the process.
Check the taste carefully. Is your water slightly salty, sour, bitter or metallic? These could indicate high levels of dissolved chemical components. A musty smell could come from organic contaminants such as algae. So what do you do about it? How do you improve the taste of your water?
Diseases from Contaminated Tap Water
CDC (Centre for Disease Control) found that 1,040 people had health disorders from drinking water between 2009 and 2010 out of which 85 fell gravely ill. It is clear that although the water is treated, it carries compounds that may be harmful to the body. How is that possible?
About 85% of our water is sourced from a municipal authority that is connected to groundwater, rivers and lakes. The water travels through a maze of pipes to reach your tap. Do you have any idea what that entails?
Old pipes can contain a number of minerals that can affect your health, even if the water itself is treated. The water picks up these minerals that affect the taste, changing it sharply. Diseases are health disorders are triggered by the pathogens in the water supply.
Ironically, water that tastes odd may not be harmful. The elements that are dangerous for health, such as lead, may not have any distinctive taste at all. It can even taste sweet. What you need to check out for carefully is the smell of your water to understand if its good for you or not.
Taste the Difference
Limestone: If you live near a lake, the water could taste a bit chalky. It could carry higher levels of limestone that comes from the lake.
Sulphur: If you live near a beach, don’t be surprised to find your water carrying an egg-like sulphurous smell.
Algae: A musty smell could mean algae in your water, pipe or sink.
Chlorine: Chlorine can be carried from the municipal water treatment plant itself because it is used to kill bacteria.
Copper: A medicinal smell or taste could mean corroding copper pipes.
Zinc, Iron, Manganese: Is your water tasting metallic or salty? Either the culprits are zinc, iron or manganese or an animal could have fallen into an open water sauce. If you smell foul, call a professional at once to check out your water supply.
To effectively purify and clean your drinking water, reverse osmosis filtration system is effective. The treatment filters out microbes, bacteria and unwanted minerals to safeguard your health.
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