Quick List of Common Water Problems

Quick List of Common Water Problems

Chris Tracey ·
Quick List of Common Water Problems
When it comes to drinking water, any number of problems can arise. Many of these problems can be solved with water filters. But knowing what the problem is before choosing your water filter is the first step in ensuring you get the right type of device.

More often than not, water problems reveal themselves in ways that are easy enough to see, taste or smell. As you become aware of a water problem, jot what you see, taste or smell and use your notes to match your water problem with the proper water filter.

Taste and Odor

Consumers should understand that many times odor and taste problems come about at the same time. Some of the more common issues associated with taste and odor include:

Strong metallic taste: In some regions of the country, metallic taste is present in water naturally. These waters usually have high mineral content which causes that particular taste. Some metals are easier to identify than others. Manganese and iron are two very common metals found in water whose taste is easy to identify.

Hydrogen Sulfide Odor: This odor is most commonly referred to as the rotten egg odor. It is caused by organic matter that is decomposing in underground water supplies. Once the water is released through the faucet, the odorous gas is released into the air. In addition to the odor, many people say they can taste it in the water.

Chlorine Problems: Chlorine can cause both odor and taste issues with drinking water. Chlorine is used in many treatment plants as the primary means of disinfecting raw water. There are two conditions in which chlorine can cause problems: when too much chlorine is injected into the distribution system and when too little chlorine is injected into the system.


Clean water has no color to it. If you notice a tint to your water, you should check for problems. The more common water colors include:

Reddis or Brownish Color: Tap water that has a reddish or brownish tint to it is usually contaminated with either manganese or iron. Not only does this water look bad but it can cause severe stains to sinks, tubs, and clothing.

Yellow Tint: Some consumers who live in the New England, Great Lakes region, or the Southeast may experience water that has a yellow tint. This tint is caused by particles that are picked up as the water moves through peat.

Green or Bluish Tint: Blue or green tinted water is caused by copper. The copper may be in the water naturally or it may be coming from within your home plumbing system. Copper in your system can lead to staining of tubs, sinks, and clothing. In higher doses, above 30 parts per million, it can cause you to become sick if ingested.

All of the above tap water problems can be solved with quality water filters. Tell your water filter vendor what your particular problem is and they can assist you in choosing the right filter to meet your needs.

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