At times, you may find that your tap water tastes like salt, at other times your tap water tastes like metal, and sometimes you may notice that it tastes sweet. These variations in the taste of tap water can be attributed to the changes in the ingredients in your tap water, which can be a result of the contaminants that may find their way into your tap water or by surges in the concentration of naturally occurring minerals. In this article, we’re going to go over the possible causes of the sweet taste you may notice when drinking tap water and what to do about it.

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Possible causes of the sweet taste of tap water

  • Mineral content: When found in higher concentrations, naturally occurring minerals such as iron and calcium can modify the taste of tap water and account for its sweet taste;
  • Plumbing: Another common cause of the change in your tap water’s taste can be cause by your own plumbing system;
  • Your own taste buds: Sometimes the cause of sweet tasting water cannot be traced back to external factors, and the actual cause may be your own taste buds. The chemical changes in your saliva after consuming something sour for example, can trigger this sweet taste;
  • Taste and smell confusion: At other times, what you perceive as a sweet taste may actually be a sweet smell. This can be explained by your body confusing the two senses, and the sweetness that you think you taste in your water is nothing else but a sweet smell;
  • Diseases: Some conditions like diabetes or strep throat can also alter the way you taste tap water, and those affected by these conditions often describe water as tasting sweet.

There is no reason to panic if you notice a sweet taste in your tap water, however, there are a few steps that you should consider taking to get rid of your tap water’s sweetness.

How to get rid of the sweet taste from your tap water?

Initially, you may like the fact that you have sweet-tasting tap water, but it’s best take some measures to remove this taste and enjoy tap water without wondering what may be the problem with it. As an initial measure, you should flush your plumbing system. If the problem persists, try getting your water tested and install an activated carbon water filter, which is known to improve the taste of water and remove any strange tastes from it.


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