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Bad tasting tap water (by Carolyn [MO]) Jun 12, 2013 5:56 PM
       Bad tasting tap water (by Carolyn [MO]) Jun 12, 2013 5:57 PM
       Bad tasting tap water (by LTD [AZ]) Jun 12, 2013 6:16 PM
       Bad tasting tap water (by Carolyn [MO]) Jun 12, 2013 8:01 PM
       Bad tasting tap water (by Steve [MA]) Jun 13, 2013 3:36 AM
       Bad tasting tap water (by RB [MI]) Jun 13, 2013 4:10 AM
       Bad tasting tap water (by tryan [MA]) Jun 13, 2013 4:26 AM
       Bad tasting tap water (by V [OH]) Jun 13, 2013 4:55 AM
       Bad tasting tap water (by Jeromy [NJ]) Jun 13, 2013 5:49 AM
       Bad tasting tap water (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 15, 2013 8:57 AM
       Bad tasting tap water (by Jim [NC]) Sep 11, 2013 1:22 PM


Bad tasting tap water (by Carolyn [MO]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 5:56 PM
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The water from my kitchen faucet tastes bad. I know that sometimes in the summer there can be something in the water supply that gives somewhat of an off test to city water.. However, the water from my bathroom sink doesn't have this bad taste.

There is copper plumbing throughout the house, so it isn't a problem from old galvanized.

I guess I need to take the kitchen faucet apart, maybe also check supply lines. However, before I start all of this, does anyone have any ideas where the origin of the bad taste might be. The only thing I already checked is to make sure the little screen at the end of the spout isn't clogged.

One more piece of information - sometimes the water pressure is bad, other times it is great.

--108.238.xxx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by Carolyn [MO]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 5:57 PM
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I only drink cold water from the tap, so I don't know if the hot also has the same bad taste. --108.238.xxx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by LTD [AZ]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 6:16 PM
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Maybe your cities water MTBE or carcinogen count is lower than normal.

I'd get a reverse osmosis water filter or site distiller.

Just Living The Dream and trying to keep my health. :) --24.121.xx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by Carolyn [MO]) Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 8:01 PM
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What puzzles me is the water from the bathroom sink tap tastes as usual, only the kitchen tap water tastes kind of musty. --108.238.xxx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 3:36 AM
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Carolyn, it seems strange that only the kitchen sink would have bad tasting water. Do you think anything could be caught in the cold water line supplying this sink? When you take apart the faucet try flushing out the cold water supply as well as back flushing the faucet.

Do both sinks have single hand controls?

Which faucet is closest to the water meter?

How often do you use the cold water in the bathroom (toilet, sink, shower) compared to the kitchen (sink, ice maker)?

Does the taste go away if you run the water for a couple of minutes?

Do you have a hand help spray on the kitchen sink?

Is the kitchen sink on the first floor while bath is on an upper floor?

Have you tried tasting water from an outside faucet? --98.110.xxx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 4:10 AM
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I suggest you do an inspection on your entire copper

plumbing system.

Look for fittings or piping other than copper type.

Also, open and close all shut-off valves along the way.

A bad valve seal (interior) could be your problem.

Those are faucet aerators that you are cleaning.

How old are your faucets ? (fixtures) --24.236.xxx.xx




Bad tasting tap water (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 4:26 AM
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Try removing the airator from the faucet. Sediment can/will collect there. --24.128.xxx.x




Bad tasting tap water (by V [OH]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 4:55 AM
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2 things come to mind, 1st turn off water and replace the rubbers in the risers and wall valves, 2nd a new water heater anode - this makes water problems galore. Once you get the sediment out of the lines put the air screens back on. --75.94.xxx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by Jeromy [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 5:49 AM
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Same thing happened to the kitchen of one of my rentals here. Tenant noticed a strange taste (mildew like)developed from kitchen faucet water. All the other faucets in the apartment is ok. This is an old house with all copper plumbing. Kitchen was re-done about 10 years ago with new faucet.

I noticed (I am not a plumber)the kitchen faucet is not entirely copper: about a foot long flexible plastic (?) tube attached to the faucet at one end (faucet and the tube are built in together by a manufacturer). The other end of the tube is connected to the copper water lines under the sink.

I suspected the plastic tube may be the problme and asked my plumber to replace the faucet with the tube. That solved the problem. Kitchen faucet water is now normal with no strange taste. Cost: $75 for new faucet plus $85 for labor.

My plumber dit not believe the plastic tube may be the problem first. Now he thinks a coating inside the tube has deteriorated to cause bad water taste. --96.235.xxx.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 15, 2013 8:57 AM
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The sprayer tube can get full of mold I think and then the tap pulls that back into your glass if it's not used regularly. I got musty tasting soda from a Mickey D's one time and called the company but one of my tenants is a chef and he told me that the plastic supply lines get full of mold and have to be cleaned.

We have bacterial cysts in our water and the water company has to notify us yearly of what is in the water but they only send samples for analysis every three years so who knows what is in there. A local company did their own water analysis and found that there were huge amounts of chemical from the chlorine interaction with bacteria, tricholormethanes maybe they were called and they had to send out a warning to all homes. I have been drinking bottled water for years and my dogs get their dishes rinsed with bottle water too since they are so small. That's from 40 years of city control of the water supply by the same party and guess who that is! The incumbent mayor selects the head of the water department and the mayor is under indictment! --68.37.x.xxx




Bad tasting tap water (by Jim [NC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2013 1:22 PM
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I have the same problem! The water company superintendent came by the house and tested the water. No bacteria, no iron or copper problems and turbidity is normal. Kitchen tap is only one with problems I discovered later. He had no idea as to why I am having this problem. Thank you all for the suggestions...I will start with these. --8.36.xxx.xxx





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