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  1. #1
    Mick. Guest

    Default Removing bad taste in water supply.

    Hi all,

    In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    remove in my white wash hand basin.

    The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    the water is ok.

    If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    be needed for cold and hot drink use?

    Any ideas please?

    Mick.





  2. #2
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Jan 2, 8:16*am, "Mick." <mrcycl...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > * * * * * In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    > taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    > remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    > the water is ok.
    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    > be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Mick.


    Move to St Louis MOP. We have what was voted at a governor's
    conference a few years ago to have the best tasting public water. I
    guess living at the confluence of two of the largest rivers in north
    America may have something to do with it. We certainly never have
    water shortages.

    John Kuthe...

  3. #3
    Stu Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 14:16:00 -0000, "Mick." <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Hi all,
    >
    > In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    >taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    >remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    >The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    >only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    >the water is ok.
    >
    >If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    >be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    >Any ideas please?
    >
    >Mick.
    >
    >
    >


    A home filter in the house water line should get rid of it.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    ?
    "Mick." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] om...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a
    > metallic taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is
    > difficult to remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me
    > if the water is ok.
    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system
    > would be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Mick.
    >
    >
    >
    >


    I'd put a carbon filter (whole house style) in line in the kitchen cold
    water tap. I've had one for the past 25 years or so and the water tastes
    great now.


  5. #5
    George Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On 1/2/2011 9:16 AM, Mick. wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    > taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    > remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    > the water is ok.
    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    > be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Mick.
    >

    How do your neighbors on the same water system deal with it? How about
    asking your water supplier for a report?

    If you want an unbiased opinion have a sample tested at a lab. There are
    at least two in my area for example where you can take a water sample
    and have it tested for a nominal fee.

  6. #6
    Stan Horwitz Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    In article <[email protected] >,
    "Mick." <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hi all,
    >
    > In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    > taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    > remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    > the water is ok.
    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    > be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Mick.


    I live in an apartment where the water comes from an underground
    aquifer. The water is safe, but it tastes horrible. I found that a
    simple Brita water pitcher type filter fixes the problem quite nicely.
    As others have suggested, if you suspect that your tap water might be
    unhealthy, take a sample of it to a local testing lab and have them test
    it.

  7. #7
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    In article <[email protected] >,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > Hi all,
    >
    > In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    > taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    > remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    > the water is ok.


    You can ask Southern Water to test your supply and provide results.
    Your local council's Trading Standards Office will advise (free).

    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    > be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?


    Buy or borrow a Brita water-filter jug, follow the instructions, and
    see if that improves the taste. If it does, then it's worth investing in
    an under-sink waterfilter with its own tap at the kitchen sink. We have
    the latter and use it for all our drinking and cooking water to get rid
    of the chlorine taste.

    Janet (UK)


  8. #8
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Jan 2, 6:16*am, "Mick." <mrcycl...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > * * * * * In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    > taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    > remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    > the water is ok.
    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    > be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Mick.



    I put a carbon filter under the kitchen sink. They are inexpensive
    to buy and install and the replacement filters are quite inexpensive.
    It will remove all the bad tastes from water and it will make your
    coffee taste wonderful. This is the filter I bought and use. You
    can find them in better hardware stores and places like Home Depot.

    http://plumbing.hardwarestore.com/51...er-101370.aspx

    I installed a butler type faucet on my kitchen sink for the filtered
    water.

    http://www.amazon.com/Zuvo-ZBF10S-Bu.../dp/B001RIYC1W

    Depending on the type of sink you have in your kitchen you may have an
    unused 'hole' in your sink top that has a little stainless cap in it.
    That is where the butler faucet goes. Sometimes the dishwasher vent
    will be in the sink top and uses the extra hole. Mine did, so I moved
    the dishwasher vent to under the sink and used the hole for the butler
    faucet.

    Having the separate faucet for the filtered water allows you to use
    only as much filtered water as you want for
    drinking, coffee, cooking, etc. and does not use filtered water for
    washing dishes, the dishwasher, etc. It saves on wear and tear on the
    carbon filter.

    These are easy to install if you are the least bit handy and if
    not....the one time installation is completely worth it.

    I've had mine for 10 years and I love it.

    Our water system here is great and the tap water is really good and we
    don't have a problem with hard water, but I am sensitive to the taste
    of water and I completely prefer the filtered water taste. I have the
    filter more for taste than any other consideration.

    At work I keep a Brita pitcher for filtered water.




  9. #9
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:44:04 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I'd put a carbon filter (whole house style) in line in the kitchen cold
    > water tap. I've had one for the past 25 years or so and the water tastes
    > great now.


    How often do you have to change it?

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

  10. #10
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 02 Jan 2011 11:29:58 -0500, Stan Horwitz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > As others have suggested, if you suspect that your tap water might be
    > unhealthy, take a sample of it to a local testing lab and have them test
    > it.


    How easy are these labs to find and how much do those tests cost?

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.


    >On Jan 2, 8:16*am, "Mick." <mrcycl...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    >> Hi all,
    >>
    >> * * * * * In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a metallic
    >> taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is difficult to
    >> remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >>
    >> The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    >> only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me if
    >> the water is ok.
    >>
    >> If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system would
    >> be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >>
    >> Any ideas please?


    RO

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    ?
    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:44:04 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I'd put a carbon filter (whole house style) in line in the kitchen cold
    >> water tap. I've had one for the past 25 years or so and the water tastes
    >> great now.

    >
    > How often do you have to change it?
    >


    I've had it go at lest three months. It could probably go longer, but it
    gets icky looking so I toss it. About $12 for a cartridge


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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Jan 2, 9:55*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:

    >
    > How often do you have to change it?
    >
    > --


    It depends on the size of your family and how much you use it. The
    type of filter you buy will tell you how many gallons or weeks or
    months, etc. Since it is only me I change my filter a couple of
    times a year.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:58:41 -0800 (PST), ImStillMags
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Jan 2, 9:55*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > How often do you have to change it?
    > >
    > > --

    >
    > It depends on the size of your family and how much you use it. The
    > type of filter you buy will tell you how many gallons or weeks or
    > months, etc. Since it is only me I change my filter a couple of
    > times a year.


    Okay, that makes sense. I want to tell my DD to put one in her
    kitchen. They use Brita now. I heard their water has traces of "bad
    stuff" in it, not sure it a filter can take that out or not.

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:58:37 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > ?
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:44:04 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> I'd put a carbon filter (whole house style) in line in the kitchen cold
    > >> water tap. I've had one for the past 25 years or so and the water tastes
    > >> great now.

    > >
    > > How often do you have to change it?
    > >

    >
    > I've had it go at lest three months. It could probably go longer, but it
    > gets icky looking so I toss it. About $12 for a cartridge


    Not bad, thanks!

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    says...
    >
    > On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:44:04 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > I'd put a carbon filter (whole house style) in line in the kitchen cold
    > > water tap. I've had one for the past 25 years or so and the water tastes
    > > great now.

    >
    > How often do you have to change it?


    Ours (to one tap) lasts six months. The filter-manufacturer sends a
    reminder it's due to be changed then posts out the new filter.

    Janet

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:11:53 -0000, Janet <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Ours (to one tap) lasts six months. The filter-manufacturer sends a
    > reminder it's due to be changed then posts out the new filter.


    They certainly make it easy! Which brand do you use?

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    ?
    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > Okay, that makes sense. I want to tell my DD to put one in her
    > kitchen. They use Brita now. I heard their water has traces of "bad
    > stuff" in it, not sure it a filter can take that out or not.


    They have more expensive cartridges that will take out various chemicals.
    She should have it tested to determine just what is needed. Look in the
    phone book for 'water treatment' and find one. Cos twill be from $0 to $many
    depending on what you want done.


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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.

    On Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:28:31 -0500, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > ?
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote
    > >
    > > Okay, that makes sense. I want to tell my DD to put one in her
    > > kitchen. They use Brita now. I heard their water has traces of "bad
    > > stuff" in it, not sure it a filter can take that out or not.

    >
    > They have more expensive cartridges that will take out various chemicals.
    > She should have it tested to determine just what is needed. Look in the
    > phone book for 'water treatment' and find one. Cos twill be from $0 to $many
    > depending on what you want done.


    Thanks, Ed. I'll tell her to have her water tested first, then
    contact a water treatment retailer about a filter.

    --

    Never trust a dog to watch your food.

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Removing bad taste in water supply.


    "Mick." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] om...
    > Hi all,
    >
    > In my water supplied by "Southern Water" I have noticed a
    > metallic taste to the water at times and noticed a dark stain that is
    > difficult to remove in my white wash hand basin.
    >
    > The taste is still there in a coffee, I have goggled this but seem to find
    > only sites that really want to sell a water purifier rather than tell me
    > if the water is ok.
    >
    > If getting a home purifier was the best way to go what sort of system
    > would be needed for cold and hot drink use?
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Mick.


    The best system would depend on what is causing the problem. Different
    systems do different things.

    Or you could just do what I did on Cape Cod and buy bottled water for
    cooking and drinking.



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