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Taste & Odor Issues

There are a number of causes for foul tasting and odorous water. Some of the more common causes include:
• Chlorine – commonly found in public water
• Hydrogen Sulfide (“the rotten egg smell”) – caused by decaying vegetation
• Other decaying organic matter
• Other dissolving gases and minerals
Solution: Tank filters with activated carbon are used to absorb and filter out chlorine. However, on well water, chlorine is usually injected into the water supply to kill the odor, and then the chlorine is removed with activated carbon.

Water-Related Diseases: Arsenicosis – World Health Organization
Basic Information about Arsenic in Drinking Water – Environmental Protection Agency – 9/17/13
Arsenic in Drinking Water – Natural Resource Defense Council – 2/12/09
Radium and Your Drinking Water – The Department of the Environment, State of Maryland – 7/9/15
Basic Information about the Radionuclides Rule – Environmental Protection Agency – 3/6/12
MTBE – American Cancer Society – 7/17/14
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) – Environmental Protection Agency – 11/15/14