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Does your tap water taste bad?

woman cringing from bad tasting water

Although the taste of water is often overlooked, its importance is crucial. It’s hard to maintain adequate hydration when your water tastes bad.

The average human needs to drink 2-3 liters of water per day to stay hydrated, keep skin healthy, and aid in digestion and body temperature regulation. That’s approximately 11 cups for women and 15 cups for men. In short, unpleasant tasting water can lead to dehydration. In addition, it may leave you with serious concerns about its safety.

What causes bad tasting water?

There are several possible causes: 

Metallic, Earthy, or Rotten Egg-like TasteHigh mineral content, such as excessive iron, manganese, or sulfur compounds, can contribute to a metallic, earthy, or rotten egg-like taste in well water.
SaltyThe most likely cause may be a high concentration of chloride ions in your water source. Some of the common causes of high chloride levels in your water may be due to industrial waste or irrigation drainage.
Bacteria and ContaminantsBacterial growth or the presence of contaminants can create an unpleasant taste or odor. Sulfate-reducing bacteria, for instance, can produce hydrogen sulfide gas, resulting in a distinct taste and odor.

If water tastes bad, is it safe to drink?

In most cases, the unpleasant taste does not mean a significant health risk. However, the it can be a deterrent to drinking water, leading to potential dehydration or reliance on less healthy alternatives. However, it is important to rule out the presence of bacteria or other contaminants and ensure you and your family have clean, safe well water. 
To learn more about what can be causing your water to have an unpleasant taste, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site.

The Right Solution Starts with an Accurate Test

The first step in addressing a well water problem is to have it professionally tested

U.S. Water offers comprehensive well water testing services through its Wisconsin state-certified water testing lab. This ensures the most accurate testing and, with our test facility onsite, you are guaranteed a fast turnaround time. In addition to our basic analysis, we offer a full range of certified water tests and well inspection services.

Solutions for bad tasting water

Customized Treatment: Based on the test results, U.S. Water will recommend a customized treatment solution tailored to your specific issue. This may include water filtration, chemical treatment, or well disinfection. 

Well Maintenance: Regular well maintenance can ensure your well water remains fresh. This may involve cleaning, sealing, or rehabilitating your well.

Water Filtration: Enhance the quality of your well water by installing a water filtration system from U.S. Water. Our filtration systems are designed to remove taste-altering contaminants and improve overall water quality.

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