How to tackle strange tastes and smells in drinking water
WaterSafe launches advice film on taste and smell of tap water - Published on 20 Sep 2018
WaterSafe’s film focuses on the reasons behind strange tastes and smells affecting homeowners’ drinking water, and what can be done to prevent them. It features chlorine, metallic or antiseptic-tasting water, a musty or sewage smell and bitter water.
The film features advice from a water company quality expert at Affinity Water and the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) for England and Wales.
It follows the release of the annual report of the DWI, which shows that while tap water quality in the UK remains among the best in the world, a small number of samples fail taste and smell tests.
A significant proportion of these can be linked to poor plumbing in the home, wrongly connected pipework, poor materials and fittings, inadequate protection from water ‘flowing back’ into internal pipework from dishwashers and toilet cisterns and poor tap hygiene.
WaterSafe recommends that homeowners use WRAS-approved fixtures and fittings and approved, qualified plumbers. Look out for the film at watersafe.org.uk/taste and please link and share on your websites and social media channels.