How to Make Your Tap Water Taste Better

The quality of your tap water can vary according to the city or region you live in, the municipal treatment methods used, and even the time of year you receive the water. However, most water consumers agree that the taste and healthfulness of tap water is not always up to par. Learn here how to treat your tap water for a better-tasting, healthier product.


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    Decide what you would most like removed from your tap water. Most treatment systems do not remove all undesirable contaminants, and you may need to prioritize your contaminant removal needs. Chlorine is usually the cause of taste and odor in water, but there are likely several other undesirable contaminants present in your water. If your water is fluoridated, you may wish to find a treatment system that removes this disputably harmful contaminant.
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    Plan a budget for your water treatment unit. You can purchase water treatment systems in a variety of different price ranges. When choosing a system, be sure to account for the cost of replacement filters or membranes in addition to the initial cost.
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    Choose a method of treatment that best suits your needs. If chlorine is your major problem, you may wish to choose from one of the variety of different carbon water filters available from Aquasana, Brita, Filter Butler or Pur. If you would rather remove hard water minerals from your water, a Culligan treatment system or other softener brand may be best. For the removal of bacteria, virus, or other microorganisms, you may wish to consider a reverse osmosis system or distiller.
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    Once you choose a system, install the unit as soon as you receive it and check to see if the quality of your tap water has improved. Remember to follow all of the flushing or other installation procedures before determining whether or not the system is adequate for your needs.
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    As you use your system, remember to replace any filters or membranes regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer, for optimal treatment and removal of contaminants.


  • If you choose to store treated water for later use, be sure to do it in a glass or other type of container that will not leach contaminants back into the water. If it is short term storage such as waiting in the refrigerator, try adding a sliced cucumber to the water. You should not reuse plastic water bottles for storing water.
  • Before purchasing a water filter or other treatment device, look for objective information about different water treatment systems from the National Sanitation Foundation or a consumer information publication.


  • It is very important to change filters per manufacturer's recommendations. This is especially true for filters that utilize a carbon filter. The filter will become a breeding ground for bacteria after a few weeks.

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