What are different tastes & odors that can occur in water?

Common taste complaints are for salty, metallic, acidic, alkali, or chlorine taste. Common unpleasant odors are described as fishy, earthy, petrochemical, chemical, rotten egg and chlorine.

Where do these tastes & odors originate from?

Issues can originate from any water supply including municipal, well water and lake  water. These tastes and odors may be present on a continuous basis, or they may fluctuate over time.

Treatment options

Taste and odor issues are typically treated using activated carbon technology. This is a form of carbon designed to maximize adsorption or chemical reactions. This technology is used in filter housings at the point-of-use (POU), and point-of-entry (POE).

Photo of water treatment system with carbon and sediment filters

LUMINOR's rack system with carbon and sediment filters

Benefits of Water Filtration

Along with simply tasting and smelling better there are many other benefits of using water filtration, such as being inexpensive to both own and maintain, along with an installation that can be completed by any competent homeowner.

There are lots of excellent health benefits too. Drinking clean, filtered water protects the body from disease and leads to overall greater health. Drinking pure water is especially important for children as filtered water provides the healthiest water for children's developing immune systems. Water filters offer the last line of defence between the body and the over 2,100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water.

Furthermore, not using the chlorine disinfection methods reduces the risk of rectal, colon and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine by-products from drinking water.

Finally, as we battle excessive plastic waste throughout the world we can reduce the number of plastic bottles by drinking filtered water right from the faucet.