Why does your water look (and taste) different?

By November 18, 2019Uncategorized

From time to time, you’ll notice that something about your tap water isn’t quite the same. It might look different. It might taste different. It might even smell a little different. These changes might concern you – water quality is of great importance, after all. But, for the most part, there are perfectly rational and harmless explanations behind these fluid fluctuations.

Cloudy water:  There’s a bubbly reason your water sometimes has a cloudy appearance, particularly during warmer weather. It’s simply a case of tiny air bubbles, which are created when water of different temperatures enters the system. This is a natural process, and the water remains safe to drink. These bubbles – and the cloudiness they cause – should dissipate within a few seconds.


Discoloured water: Drinking water can change colour from time to time, going from crystal clear to a murkier shade. For the most part, this is caused by:


  • the pipes at your place might be showing their age, or need to be fixed up. Give us a call and we can check them for you.
  • your hot water system might need to be repaired or replaced. You’ll know this is the case if the discoloured water only comes out of your hot water taps. Again, we can check this for you.
  • there might be work being carried out on water pipes in your area.


Black specks in the water: This is one of the more alarming changes you’ll notice but it usually has a simple fix. Black specks in the water are usually caused by the rubber from your tap washers or O-rings wearing out. This occurs most often in taps that you don’t use all that much. It’s a spotty issue that we can often resolve without too much fuss.


Unusual taste or odour: There are several reasons for metallic, earthy, or chlorine tastes and odours in your water. Old pipes at your property, or pipe maintenance in your suburb could be to blame. Or, the local water authority might have added chlorine to protect the safety of your drinking water. The smell and taste of chlorine usually disappears if you leave a jug of water on the bench for at least an hour, or if you put the jug in the fridge overnight.


When your tap water does have an altered appearance, taste or odour, you can usually expect it to be a temporary and harmless issue. If it becomes an ongoing concern, check with your local council or give us a call. Most of the time, it’s easy to get the water back to its crystal clear and naturally delicious state.