How many times have you been to a restaurant, grabbed for a glass of water, and the water smells like a swimming pool? Probably too often. You can also experience this obnoxious smell at your home when filling a glass of water. Homes on city water will experience a chlorine odor. It is mandatory for municipalities to add certain levels of chlorine to keep the water safe from bacteria and contaminants as it travels from the water plant to homes. The closer a home is to the local water plant, the stronger the smell. The reason the smell is higher in certain homes then others is they have to add certain amounts of chlorine so it is able to treat water as it reaches its farthest point within the piping system. Read more
Chlorine is used as a disinfectant to treat water.
If you are on city water, it is likely your water is treated with a disinfectant. It is common for municipalities to use chlorine and it is what homeowners will smell when they turn on their faucet. There is a new disinfectant that some municipalities are using and it’s chloramines. What are they? Why are they being used?