Why does my water smell like chemicals?

Have you noticed a chemical smell coming from your water? The aesthetic properties of your tap water depend upon your local natural water supply source, how your water is treated, and how it is delivered to you. If the smell or taste resembles bleach it can be pretty alarming, but rest assured this not caused by harmful contaminants. 

In the case of private well water that undergoes no treatment at all, taste and odor are simply a function of the presence of naturally occurring minerals and organic matter in the tapped groundwater. Municipal treatment, however, adds another level of “complexity” for the palate. 

However, wells are not common in Methuen and while they do exist they are privately owned. For public water systems, a refreshing glass of drinking water requires certain chemicals be present in combination.   And a drink of water that originated from a municipal treatment plant such as Methuen’s made contact with chlorine when it was added to destroy waterborne germs, such as e. coli 0157 H7 and norovirus, which are capable of spreading disease. Chlorine disinfectants play an essential role in maintaining the public health, but they can introduce an unpleasant odor or taste to drinking water and this is the most common question from public drinking water consumers.

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1. What if I have a water emergency?
2. Who can I contact about my water and sewer bill and/or meter reading?
3. How do I determine the quality of my water?
4. How do I get my water tested?
5. Where does Methuen’s Water come from?
6. Is Methuen's water considered "hard" or "soft"?
7. I bought a new dishwasher and the manufacturer wants to know what the hardness of the water is?
8. What is the pH of my water?
9. Why is my water cloudy or milky?
10. Why is my tap water brown or yellow temporarily?
11. Why is my tap water brown or yellow constantly?
12. Why am I seeing brown or yellow water from the hot tap only?
13. What makes ice cubes cloudy?
14. How do you get rid of the black film around the toilet and other locations?
15. What is the “pink" stain?
16. How can I improve the taste of my water?
17. Why does my water smell like chemicals?
18. Why does my water smell like chlorine?
19. Why does my water smell like rotten eggs or sewage?
20. What are those white flakey particles in my water?
21. Who do I call if I see someone using a hydrant?