Neighbors who moved her a couple of years ago find the municipal water
unpalatable. Mine tastes okay. Today I let a couple of gallons run
from their outdoor tap before taking a sample. I agree with them. I
don't like the taste. I don't know how to describe the difference.
We both have mostly plastic pipe, but they may have some iron. I'm
closer to the end of the water line. They are out of town several days
each week, so their water sits in the pipes longer than mine.
Any advice to make municipal water taste as good at one house as another?
Been a _long_ time since there were any untreated municipal water
systems in the US (as in before EPA existed) and it really isn't EPA's
concern on the ingress side anyway; they're far more interested (and
responsible for) the discharge side of things.
As for source, by far the predominant source is surface water, not wells
for municipal sources. From virtually all rivers, lakes and a myriad of
NYC owns a bunch of lakes upstate, and they're fenced, and iirc, at
certain entry points they allow rowboating and fishing with a permit,
issued in NYC. Anyone can get one, I think.
Baltimore has 3 reservoirs, and DC 2 iirc in Maryland, that provide
most of their water. When the water level was low a few years ago,
one could see a little more of one of the towns they flooded to
"build" the Triadelphia Reservoir.
When the Baltimore system was upgraded 40 or 50 years ago, the guy in
charge wanted a pipe from the Susquehanna River, in case there was a
drought long enough to empty the reservoirs. IIRC it wasn't used for
40 years, but about 10 years ago, the reservoirs were down to 20 or
30% of capacity (maybe more) and they actually used a lot of Delaware
River water. I think the guy was still alive at the time.
Indianapolis has had two reservoirs for the last 50 years or more, and
in the Geiss or Geist Reservoir sailboats are permitted. In the
Morse reservoir, motorboats are permitted. The last time I posted
about this somewhere, more than 10 years ago, people didn't believe me
so when I was there a few years later, I checked again, and it's true,
even though it's drinking water.
My incoming pipe is iron, too, so that in itself is not the difference.
(We used to have iron household pipe and a well. Rust would stain
toilets, but the water tasted good to me. In those days, I once bought
a charcoal filter for the faucet. I decided the water tasted just as
good without the filter.)
I can think of three differences between our houses. First, the
occupants had been away 24 hours. Second, I took my sample from an
outdoor tap, and I've often drunk water from outdoor taps that didn't
taste as good as kitchen water. Third, they had a bathroom installed
last year, so there is some fairly new plastic pipe.
When I visit, they offer me bottled water. The label says it's purified
water with calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium sulfate
added to enhance the taste. I don't like it, and I don't think the
problem is the minerals. I wonder if it's picking up a taste from the
plastic. I also wonder if their tap water is picking up a taste from
plastic pipes only a year old.
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