Why Does My Tap Water Smell?

Several factors can cause your tap water to smell. Understanding these can help identify the source and find a solution. Here are some common reasons:

Common Causes of Tap Water Smells

Chlorine or Chloramine

These chemicals are often added to municipal water supplies to disinfect and kill harmful bacteria. While they are effective at keeping water safe, they can impart a noticeable smell (CDC on Chlorine and Chloramine).

Hydrogen Sulfide

This compound produces a distinctive "rotten egg" smell. It can be present in well water or develop in hot water systems where bacteria can thrive USGS on Hydrogen Sulfide.

Organic Material

Decaying organic material in your water supply can create various unpleasant smells. This could be due to algae, plant matter, or other organic substances (EPA on Organic Material in Water).

Metal Contamination

Metals like iron, copper, and lead can leach into water from pipes and fixtures, especially if they are corroding. These can give water a metallic or musty smell.

Plumbing Issues

Sometimes, the issue might be within your home’s plumbing. Bacteria can grow in pipes, water heaters, or fixtures, leading to unpleasant smells.


Filtration Systems

Installing a high-quality water filtration system like the Bluewater SuperiorOsmosis™ can remove up to 99.7% of contaminants, including those causing bad odours​​​​.

Bluewater Kitchen Station 1™

This system turns your tap water into a source of pure, mineralized water. It uses advanced SuperiorOsmosis™ technology to remove contaminants and improve water taste and smell. It also adds Swedish minerals to enhance health benefits​​​​.

Regular Maintenance

Ensure your plumbing system is in good condition. Regular maintenance can prevent and address bacterial growth and corrosion.

Water Softening and Conditioning

These systems can help reduce mineral content in water, which can cause smells and other issues.

Professional Testing and Treatment

If the problem persists, have your water professionally tested. A water treatment specialist can recommend specific treatments based on the contaminants present.


Addressing the cause of the smell in your tap water is essential for ensuring it is safe and pleasant to drink. Using advanced purification technologies and solutions like the Kitchen Station 1™ can significantly improve water quality and eliminate odours​​​​​​.

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