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Why Does My Water Taste Funny?
If you’re like most of us you’re getting your water from a municipal water source.
This water, although treated and monitored by the water treatment plant, often has a very bitter, salty or metallic taste to it.
These unpleasant tastes, that you notice in your drinking water, are the result of high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS).
TDS are the total amount of minerals and impurities in your water.
Although these tastes do not pose any significant health risks they do make drinking water a less desirable experience.
Things Your Can Do Right Now If Your Tap Water Tastes Bad
If your water tastes bad there are a few things you can try right now.
Try storing your water in a closed glass container in your refrigerator.
Drinking water from the tap has less flavor when it’s cold and glass containers won’t impart a taste to the water like many types of plastic will.
Water that tastes flat, especially if it’s been stored awhile, will taste better if you pour it back and forth between two containers (glass pitcher and drinking glass) a few times before drinking it.
This helps to put oxygen back in the water and removes the flat, stale, taste.
You can also add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice or fresh squeezed lemon to refrigerated water.
Also, if you’ll be storing water for awhile, make sure you treat it the same way you treat stored food.
Use clean air tight containers and keep it refrigerated.
Infuse Your Water With Fruits or Vegetables
The great thing about water infused with fruits or vegetables is that there is no added sugar and it tastes great.
Here’s a quick DIY Recipe for a Mint Strawberry Water
-Cut off the edges of your strawberries and cut them into 4 pieces so that they more easily fit into your container.
-Grab some mint leaves and remove the stems.
-Place the strawberries and mint leaves into a water glass or pitcher.
-You get to decide how strong you want the water to be and this is determined by how many ingredients you put in your container.
-Place the water with strawberries and mint in your fridge and let it sit.
Install A Water Filter
If your drinking water comes from a well or if your water often tastes funny or strange you can install a point-of-use (POU) filter
A POU filter is generally installed at a single water connection typically under your countersink in the kitchen or bathroom. It can also be attached to the faucet itself.
Make sure that the water filter you buy has been inspected by an independent organization.
Most POU devices use carbon sometimes incorrectly called charcoal to remove tastes and odor-causing chemicals including chlorine.
Others use reverse osmosis membranes or even distillation.
These devices range in prices from just a few dollars to more than a thousand dollars for a whole house water filtration system.
Take a little time and research which water filter is right for you before you buy. That way you’ll make sure you don’t spend a lot of money on a filter that is more than you need.
Ultimately, the best thing to do is filter your water and installing an under-the-sink-water filter is easy to do and well worth the investment.
Enjoying a glass of good, clean water that is rich with mineral is essential for a healthy body.