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FISHYMUSTY SMELL & TASTEbad odor in water Peabody, MA

If you’re notic­ing this bad odor in your water in the sum­mer­time, it is like­ly being caused by algae blooms. Lakes and reser­voirs often see an increase in algae bloom­ing on the sur­face of the water when there is plen­ty of warmth and direct sun­light. Although water treat­ment facil­i­ties remove the algae from the water, the par­ti­cles that cause the fishy bad odor can some­times be detect­ed by peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to musty or mildew like smells. The pres­ence of these par­ti­cles do not pose any direct threat to your health, but if you are on a pub­lic water sup­ply, you may want to con­tact the water divi­sion of your town and get an expla­na­tion from them. If you are on a pri­vate well and you wish to remove this annoy­ing issue, con­tact us for an assess­ment.

Oth­er poten­tial caus­es of a fishy or musty bad odor com­ing from your tap water is the pres­ence of some oth­er spe­cif­ic nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring, organ­ic mate­r­i­al found in your water source. Bar­i­um is a met­al that exists in min­er­al ores and can seep into wells and pipes caus­ing a foul smell in your drink­ing water. The EPA reg­u­lates the amount of Bar­i­um in pub­lic water to keep it below the rec­om­mend­ed lev­el. Cad­mi­um is anoth­er met­al that finds its way into pipes through indus­tri­al waste or fer­til­iz­er con­t­a­m­i­na­tion.

Anoth­er cause of this fishy bad smell may be the com­bi­na­tion of chlo­rine and ammo­nia which togeth­er cre­ate a com­pound called Chlo­ramine. This is often used to dis­in­fect pub­lic water sources (as a sub­sti­tute for chlo­rine) and can some­times pro­duce an unpleas­ant aro­ma in your water. Sur­face water sources, such as reser­voirs con­tain organ­ic mat­ter that, when com­bined with chlo­rine at the water treat­ment plant, can cause by-prod­uct com­pounds called Tri­halomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. These have proven to be a health threat, and as such, many towns have switched to Chlo­ramine to avoid this. For more on Chlo­ramine see the link at: EPA Chlo­ramine.

METALLIC TASTE AND SMELL Bad odor and taste in water Peabody, MA

The min­er­als Iron and Man­ganese are very com­mon in the New Eng­land region. The EPA action­able lev­els are .3 parts per mil­lion for Iron and .05 parts per mil­lion for Man­ganese. At these lev­els and high­er, there is a good chance you may get a metal­lic taste in your mouth from drink­ing the water and poten­tial­ly at low­er lev­els. Also, water with a low pH is cor­ro­sive and can leach met­als from your plumb­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. This may also cre­ate a metal­lic taste as well.

GASOLINE OR PETROCHEMICAL TYPE SMELL bad odor and taste in water Peabody, MA

If you notice a bad odor or taste in your water which is like diesel or petrol, there’s a quick check you can do to work out where it may be com­ing from. Pour a glass or water from the tap you’ve noticed the smell or taste from. Take this into anoth­er room if pos­si­ble, or as far away from the tap itself. If the smell or taste in the glass of water dis­ap­pears, this could mean there is a prob­lem with the drain near the tap as it may not be con­nect­ed prop­er­ly. If the bad odor is still there it could be because there are petro­chem­i­cals around the area of your water pipes. You should check for any fuel leaks on your dri­ve­way or on the road near your prop­er­ty. It is also pos­si­ble that leak­age from a gaso­line stor­age tank in the area is caus­ing this, there­fore you may want to con­tact your town to find out if they are aware of any sit­u­a­tions that may have affect­ed the well where you live. This leak­age could have hap­pened a long time ago and has begun find­ing its way into the aquifer sup­ply­ing your well.
Depend­ing on the water test and analy­sis, this water qual­i­ty issue can be cor­rect­ed with sev­er­al tech­nolo­gies, includ­ing car­bon fil­tra­tion, oxi­da­tion and ozone.

CHLORINE SMELL & TASTEchlorine smell and taste in water Peabody, MA

Chlo­ri­na­tion is the process of adding chlo­rine to drink­ing water to dis­in­fect it and kill germs. It is the most com­mon method employed by cities and towns used for this pur­pose. While the chem­i­cal could be harm­ful in high dos­es, when it is prop­er­ly added to water it mix­es in result­ing in low lev­els that kill germs but are still safe to drink. The dos­ing lev­els of chlo­rine may vary dur­ing the course of the year. Dur­ing the sum­mer months when the water heats up, the poten­tial for increased bac­te­r­i­al activ­i­ty typ­i­cal­ly is coun­tered with high­er dos­es of chlo­rine. Also, depend­ing on where your home is in the dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem, you may have a high­er lev­el of chlo­rine in your water if you live clos­er to the water treat­ment plant and less if you are far­ther down­stream.

The smell and taste giv­en off by high­ly chlo­ri­nat­ed water can be very off putting. Who hasn’t lift­ed a water glass in a restau­rant to a heavy whiff of chlo­rine? Chlo­rine is also not the best thing for your skin and hair as it can dry out both.  A car­bon fil­ter or car­bon fil­tra­tion sys­tem is very effec­tive at remov­ing this annoy­ing water qual­i­ty issue.

ROTTEN EGG SMELL rotten egg smell in water in Peabody, MA

The most com­mon cause of rot­ten egg smell in water in New Eng­land is Hydro­gen Sul­fide. It can cre­ate an extreme­ly bad odor and taste that is dif­fi­cult to tol­er­ate. For a more com­plete cov­er­age of this annoy­ing water qual­i­ty issue, please go to the link at Rot­ten egg smell link.


While there are many oth­er poten­tial types of bad odors and tastes that you may encounter in your drink­ing water. The pre­vi­ous sec­tions on this page cov­er the more com­mon ones. Set­ting up an appoint­ment with one of our water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als will enable us to do a water test and analy­sis to devel­op an action plan that will resolve the issues you are hav­ing.

bad odor and taste in water Peabody, MA

H2O Care is an established  full service water filtration and testing organization originally formed in 1989 based in Middleton, MA  (route 114) with an additional office in Hudson, MA.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, www.h2ocare.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us at [email protected] or by calling 978–777-8330.

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