What's wrong with my water?
September 3, 2013 3:33 AM Subscribe
City water suddenly tastes AWFUL. Water filter doesn't change this. The water quality at local businesses and a friend's house, under a mile away, seem unaffected. How do I find the problem and solve it?
posted by LSK to food & drink (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
- A few days ago, I noticed a SUDDEN change in the house's water quality. The faucets in the kitchen and bathroom adjacent to the kitchen now produce water that smells off - something between "floral" and "badly perfumed" - and tastes muddy. This flavor persists after it's run through a water filter. It makes my throat choke up a bit to drink it, which indicates I probably shouldn't be consuming it.
- This is urgent because water is the majority of what I drink, and everything else I have to drink in the house is sickly sweet and not suitable for consumption all day (orange juice, etc.) I could go and buy water bottles, which may be necessary, but I'd rather avoid that if possible.
- I live with my father. He doesn't notice a taste difference, but he's not very good at tasting things. He's the only other person who I've asked about our place's water in particular.
- Our house is, as far as I can tell, the only one affected. I haven't asked adjacent neighbors, but water at nearby businesses and one friend's house seems fine.
What should I do? Is this something that might clear itself up? If I call a plumber, would they even be able to examine the problem? Are there questions that I should be asking that I don't know to ask?