If you are making use of a reverse osmosis system at home, there are lots of things that can give your drinking water smelly odors or bad taste. It can be metal concentrations that have been laid off in old plumbing pipes, environmental contaminants, or chemicals used for treating your water. Below are some of the things that can cause your RO water to taste or smell badly
- Smells and metallic tastes from iron, arsenic, and mercury that may seep into your water supply
- Chlorine utilized in the purification of water by your municipal water supply
- Dissolved solids that can cause earthy and musty smell
- Hydrogen Sulfide which usually produces rotten egg smell
The good news is that these tastes and odors can be prevented or removed. In the next segment of this article, we shall provide you the information you need to deal with any kind of smell or odor that may contaminate your RO water.
Removing the smell of Hydrogen Sulfide from your water
As water moves through the ground, it absorbs hydrogen sulfide, which eventually brings out a foul rotten egg smell from your faucet. This problem can be treated through filtration and oxidation. The best RO systems have a filter that effectively removes the taste or smell of sulfur from your drinking water. This will eventually generate clean water that is free from the rotten egg smell caused by hydrogen sulfide. So, if your water is having rotten egg smell, it means that the RO system does not have a good filtration mechanism. With proper filtration, it should be able to remove any sulfide that may cause foul smell in your water.
Dissolved solids can also cause bad smell in your drinking water
Dissolved solids, or what is usually referred to as TDS, are mineral compounds that were left in water after filtrations and normal treatment. These can result from chemicals, industrial wastewater, urban run-off, sewage, and natural sources. TDS can cause your RO water to be metallic, salty, taste bitter or have unpleasant odor. With the right kind of reverse osmosis system, you will be able to remove all manners of dissolved chemicals that may contaminate your water. The best RO system has high quality filtration capabilities which provide good drinking water for you right at the faucet. If your water tastes of TDS, there is a problem with the RO system you are using. You need to get an RO system with high filtration capabilities (probably 2 to 3 stage filtration features). This will remove any form of dissolved solids from the water after it has passed through the different stages of filtration, thereby keeping your water safe and free for cooking and drinking.
Does your water smell of chlorine?
Although chlorine cannot be termed as a contaminant (because it actually disinfect bacteria in your water), its smell and odor is usually unpleasant, especially for a drinking water. Chlorine is vital in the water distribution system and at the treatment plant, but it’s no longer required in the home when the water is ready for use. Chlorine fades clothes, dries hair and skin, and also smells and tastes bad. If your water still tastes of chlorine, you need a reverse osmosis system with chlorine removal features. Although most RO systems are intended to remove physical dirt, the recently manufactured systems now have a feature that enables you effectively remove the taste of chlorine in your water.
Finally, what do you do when your RO water still taste like tap water?
There is one reason why many people always prefer the taste of RO water than other purification methods. It is because of its pure natural taste. But sometimes your RO water may not taste the way you want. If your RO membrane is deteriorated, damaged, or ruptured, it may produce water that taste like tap water. In this case, it needs to be changed. If the membranes and filter deteriorate, the RO system may not produce the same quality of water it is expected to. You may need to change the affected component to bring it back to its best performance.
The bad taste or odor of your water can be caused by a lot of factors as mentioned above. However, it can be prevented if you make use of the right reverse osmosis system and if you regularly check all parts to ensure there are no defective components within the RO system.