Over time, your tap water may acquire different tastes, and one taste that you may notice in the course of your tap water consumption is the taste of dirt. This taste may appear from time to time, but it can be something that you can constantly taste or smell. The cause of the problem is multi-fold, and if your tap water tastes like dirt, it’s important to get to the root of the problem.

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What causes tap water to taste like dirt?

In order to identify the exact cause of the soil-like taste of tap water, you have to carry out some tests. For starters, try to inspect if tap water tastes like dirt at every tap in your house. If the problem can be detected only at a single tap, chances are you’re faced with a build-up of bacteria. To get rid of the problem, you’ll have to clean the aerator of the tap you’re experiencing problems with or replace it with a new aerator. If the dirt-like taste appears only in the summer, the problem may stem from geosmin (an organic compound made up of plant bacteria and soil), or it may be caused by algae bloom. These culprits are usually regarded as harmless, but they do alter the taste of water to the extent that it may be deemed undrinkable by some.

If all the water outlets in your home produce the same poor-tasting water, it may be that you have a problem with your entire plumbing system or the fault lies with the source of your tap water.

What to do if you find that your tap tastes like dirt?

If the problem is isolated to a single tap, the above mentioned aerator cleaning or replacement trick should help. If the problem persists even after cleaning the aerator, or if the problem is not isolated to a single tap, the best course of action is to contact your water supplier. If you have water sourced from a private well, you’ll have to call a specialist to help you identify the exact cause.

In any event, water filtration can help to eliminate potential causes of the dirt-like flavour by removing bacteria and other substances that can make their way into your water source, and alter its taste. You can choose to install an under-sink or countertop water filter in your kitchen, which will supply you with filtered water for cooking and drinking. Alternatively, to make sure that your entire home is supplied with healthy filtered water, you should install a whole house water filter.


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