Gross tasting water...is is bad for you?

@missybear (11396)
United States
January 30, 2012 6:34am CST
I live in an apartment complex that's been here for almost 40 years. the water out of the faucet has never been the greatest but lately it really smells and when I make coffee i can taste a funny after taste. I guess I will have to look in to some kinda Water filtering system or get fresh water delivered every month cause it's starting to gross me out and I wonder if you could get sick from water that's been running through the same pipes for 40 years.....I never seen them fix anything here so I'm assuming the pipes are also the same from years ago. Do you worry about your drinking water?
13 responses
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
1 Feb 12
Do you live in the city or the country. Do you have a hook up to a public water system or a well. If you have a well, sometimes the wells need to be chlorinated. I am not sure how they could flush out pipes. So if the pipes are really old and you don't trust them then I would get a water system of your own. Boiling the water will kill anything that is in the water.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
1 Feb 12
Does that also mean my coffee water should be OK since it gets boiled in the process of making coffee?
1 person likes this
• United States
1 Feb 12
You coffee water should be ok. If your water is tasting funny try putting some in the refrigerator and let it sit for a few days and see if what ever settles to the bottom, you probably won't be able to see anything. I have to do this once in awhile on the farm when the water starts tasting funny. I just fill a pitcher up and let it sit in the frig for a couple of days and usually the taste of the water improves. I also take it once it settles and pour almost all of the water (leave a few inches in the bottom of the pitcher) and then boil the water. Wash out the pitcher and once the water cools pour it back into the pitcher and put in the frig for future use.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
30 Jan 12
I do! My work place got shifted last month and the new workplace, everyone is complaining about the water that is coming from the dispenser. Thus, no one really touched it and we ended up buying ourselves bottled water. Being torture mentally is worse than physical torture...
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I don't drink a lot of water but when I do I like it to taste like fresh water.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
31 Jan 12
I drink a lot. Especially I get dehydrated very quickly. That's why I need to have 2 bottles of water with me at work and 1 bottle when outdoor. Actually I am okay with the water as long as it doesn't look or smell funny. For your situation, you should act fast to get the repairmen to help you take a look at the pipes. :)
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
8 Feb 12
DO NOT get water delivered. There was a show on teev tonight , a bit of documentary showing all sorts of bacteria in that water that is delivered...there was lots of faecal bacteria in it as well as other crap. I'd be buying the largest water container from the supermarket as often as required and cross my fingers and toes and hope for the best. Those water filters are very expensive.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
8 Feb 12
That's where I buy my water jugs too. I looked up water delivery on line and they got a pretty bad revue, so I'm just sticking with my store bought water for now.....I lived that long with it
• United States
6 Feb 12
Yes, you should be concerned. Between the ancient pipes and the things that end up in the water supply, you have plenty of basis for concern. I was convinced that the water in the apartment we were at in Florida was unfit. Given the condition of the apartment and what I'd heard about the drinking water in a nearby area, I was likely right. Here, I still am wary of tap water--but not as much so as before. I have more confidence in the water supply in this region. However, I still wouldn't make a habit of drinking it unboiled and/or unfiltered.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
6 Feb 12
I never drink it straight from the faucet but I use it for cooking and coffee. i hope all the bad stuff gets boiled out of it when I cook
• United States
2 Feb 12
Do you live in an area with city water or does the water get pumped through the town's water tower? Is the complex on city sewer or septic? If everything is city plumbed then it has to be that there is old pipes in the complex and the owner hasn't been cited for any updates or gotten away with it. Insurance policies are specific to a point. Plumbing updates should be done every 25 years to bring them up to code. But the wording has loop holes. It also says the word improvements. So if something was changed out it is considered an improvement but not necessarily an update and can get around the expense of changing out all the rotten plumbing in the complex. Things things you can do: 1) Move to another apartment in another complex 2) Purchase a water filtering system like a Brita that is portable and easily attachable to your faucet. 3) Have the water tested. Go to city hall or the town hall and talk to an inspector about the water making you ill. He should come to your house or send someone to test the water. That might get the owner/landlord to make real updates and change out what could be hazardous to all occupants health. Fear of a law suit or fines from the town/city can motivate people. Good luck and hope you stay healthy!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
2 Feb 12
Thank you, you are full of good information
• United States
31 Jan 12
Definitely, once in a while in my house, during the morning hours you can smell the chlorine when the water is running. I have filtered water at my house, there is no way I could drink the water from the faucets neither cook with it. The taste alone makes gag. The sad part about this is that my house is fairly new it was recently constructed in 2004.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
1 Feb 12
I don't know what's worth...Chlorine or fishy smell, at least chlorine kills the bacteria
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
31 Jan 12
the water in my mothers old house always tasted gross and of chemicals as well. you get used to that and in our first apartment here in a different city its the same problem with the tap water. we also get us bottled water to drink for this reason. but the tap water here is good enough for making coffee.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
1 Feb 12
I've been using it for coffee for over 9 years now, I don't know why it's kinda grossing me out lately. Maybe the smell gotten worse or last week when they turned the water off for some repairs and when they turned it back on it was brown at first
@tatzkie23 (773)
• Philippines
31 Jan 12
You've been there for 40 years? oh no, i think there might be some problem with your water as you said, it really smells. It's a good idea that you're planning to get some fresh water to be delivered every month, i think it's the best way you can do. As for me, i always make sure about the water i drink. If you drink some dirty water, you might get some disease that will cause diarrhea. So to avoid that, make sure your water is safe to drink.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I only been here 10 years but the complex has been here almost 40. It just seems like in the past year the water starting to taste funky and early in the morning when I brush my teeth it smells funky too
@Bluedoll (17089)
• Canada
31 Jan 12
The thing the bothers me about smelly water is I don't like it. Even water with sulfur in it is a turn off, and they say that this water is actually good for you. I know water is different with different mineral contents etc but my concern is if I don't like I will not use it as much and that is a shame because water is good for you.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I buy bottled water just for drinking but I use the faucet water for cooking and coffee and lately I can taste it in the coffee and when I made some noodles the other day it seemed like they tasted like the water
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Jan 12
I do worry about my drinking water. You might try boiling it and putting it in the fridge...that might help. A filtering system would be good too but you will gross out when you see that filter when you change it. Even if your pipes weren't old. I don't really know what the implications are of old pipes but it can't be good. I bet my pipes are pretty old too.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I chechked into a few filtering systems and Sparkles Water delivery but I'm not quite sure which way to go. For now I think I just buy more gallons of trinking water to use for making coffee
@paopaolar (226)
• Philippines
30 Jan 12
Yes when the water tastes funny I don't drink it anymore. You can get yourself several health issues if you continue drinking that kind of water. Water is very important and should not be taken for granted.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I buy my drinking water from the store and I think I have to buy extra from now on to use for making coffee and cooking.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
30 Jan 12
oh, yeah i think that water is dirty. sometimes it happens to us too especially that there was a tank where the water is kept and it sorts of make our water stagnant for a few hours. i think if the tank is not cleaned, it will surely produce some things that would cause the water to be dirty. we worry about our drinking water, actually we buy drinking water and if its got some weird taste to it, well... we won't drink it anymore because we are worried more on amoebiasis, or other disease you can get from dirty water.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
They turned it of the other day and when they turned it back on the water came out brownish. The pipes are probably rusty.
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
30 Jan 12
I would imagine that anything rather off tasting might not be the best for you. Granted a quick drink would rather be something that would not kill you but obviously if you drink a lot of water from a place that tastes funny, then perhaps. I don't really have that problem at home thankfully but I just remember when I went to school, how bad the water in the fountain tasted. Of course, after gym class, it was likely a good idea to take a drink of water. It was either drink the gross tasting water or dehydration. To me, the choice did rather seem obvious, but perhaps that is just me. Still there is likely going to be something wrong with the water. Or something in the pipes. Or something wrong with the fountain. Or just something wrong period. At least from my recollection of that experience.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
31 Jan 12
We buy our drinking water but we use the water out of the faucet for coffee and cooking. I think I will buy more drinking water and use it for my coffee.