Why Does My Tap Water Taste Bad?

Many homeowners often wonder why their tap water has an off-putting taste. This article delves into the common causes of bad-tasting tap water and presents the best water filtration solutions to address these issues.

1. Presence of Chlorine

Chlorine is widely used in municipal water treatment for disinfection purposes. While effective in eliminating harmful pathogens, it can leave a strong, pool-like taste in your tap water, which no one wants. Activated carbon filters are excellent for removing chlorine, significantly improving the taste.

2. High Mineral Content: Hard Water

Hard water, rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, can impart a slightly metallic or earthy, bitter taste. A water softener system, like the Fleck 5600SXT, can effectively reduce these minerals, thereby enhancing the taste of your water. Beyond impacting the flavor of your water, water softeners go a long way in protecting your home and saving you money over time.

3. Old Plumbing and Contaminants

Aged or corroded pipes can leach metals into your water, contributing to an unpleasant taste. This can be caused by acidic water interacting poorly with your older home's copper plumbing. Comprehensive solutions like acid neutralizers and reverse osmosis systems not only filter out these contaminants but also ensure the water is safe and clean for consumption.

4. Algae and Bacteria Growth

Organic matter, including algae and bacteria, can proliferate in water sources and distribution systems, affecting the taste of tap water. UV purification systems, like the VIQUA Home UV Water Disinfection System, effectively neutralize these microorganisms without altering the taste.


Understanding the root causes of bad-tasting tap water is the first step towards solving the problem. By choosing the appropriate water filtration system, you can enjoy fresh, clean, and great-tasting water in your home every day. If you're unsure of what the culprit behind your water problems at home are, feel free to contact us with the information below.

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Don't hesitate to seek professional assistance when needed. Our experts at Mid Atlantic Water have been helping customers make the right choice for their home's water problems for nearly 30 years. If you have any questions on which water filtration system is right for your home, we're here to help. Contact us however you'd like:

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