“I don’t think it’s too much to ask that I be able to turn on the faucet, fill a glass of water, and drink it,” Stephan said. “I want water that tastes good in my home.”
Water quality is a top concern for many New York City homeowners. While the city’s water supply is generally pretty good, there are reasons that individual homeowners might not be pleased with the taste of their water. Whether the building is old or new, its pipes can impact how salty or sweet the water tastes.
Why Does My Water Taste Bad?
As New York City plumbers, we can tell you there are at least 3 potential piping issues that can impact the taste of your water.
The first issue is lead – a material that was once commonly used in plumbing that we now know is unsafe. As of 2017, NYC experts estimated that there were at least 10 million old lead plumbing pipes still in use. If you’ve got lead pipes, obviously you’ll want to talk to your New York City plumber about replacing them. In some instances, financial assistance from the city may be available.
The second issue that can impact the taste of your water is sediment. Minerals and particulate matter can accumulate inside your water supply lines over the years. This sediment can impact the taste of your water. It can also clog your pipes, resulting in low water pressure. If sediment in your pipes is the issue for you, talk to your New York City plumber about water supply pipe replacement.
The third issue that can impact the taste of your water is rust. When you hear about hard water, you’re hearing about the impact of rusty water pipes. Rust will make your water taste bad, and it can stain your clothes, sinks, and other items. One option to address rusty water is a water softening system, or a water filtration system.