Throughout your day, you’ll make several trips to your kitchen faucet in hopes of filling up a glass and rehydrating. But nothing can turn your nose up from your water like the pungent smell that can seep out of your tap.

In 2019, a Consumer Reports article revealed that nearly half of Americans who rely on their tap water experience a terrible odor the moment they turn the knob. Unfortunately, not all of these odors can be explained or investigated with a water test. Thankfully, Pure Beverage Systems has all the solutions for your office drinking water troubles. We’ve also compiled this list of reasons why your tap water smells so bad in the first place.

You Notice a Moldy or Fishy Smell

Before you blame co-workers for the fishy smell in the kitchen or breakroom, you might want to investigate the water source. It’s not uncommon for businesses to experience a fishy or moldy smell coming from the taps due to decaying organic matter in the drains, but that may not always be the source of your stinky water.

In fact, your tap water could stink because of surface runoff from nearby farms, businesses, or manufacturing plants that dump debris and contaminants into public water supplies. The fishy or moldy smell could also result from certain metals like barium and cadmium, which commonly exist in wells and older pipes.

Another possible source of your fishy-smelling water is the holding tanks or reservoirs, especially if your drinking water comes from a 5-gallon jug system and not a closed water cooler like the PB5 or PB9. Algae and other waterborne bacteria can grow inside these tanks, causing a foul odor and leaving your office with dirty drinking water.

Something Smells Like Bleach

If you notice a chemical or bleach smell coming from your faucet, you should probably pause and rethink your drinking water source. Still, it would be best if you understood where this smell could be coming from. The Environmental Protection Agency mandates that a small amount of chlorine be used in the cleaning process of all municipal water sources. The chlorine acts as a disinfectant, killing off viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms living in our water supplies.

While these substances must be eliminated from our drinking water, consuming too much chlorine could harm your staff and guests. If your tap water is stinky and has a chlorine or bleach smell, then you may want to run your faucets, or even your outside tap, to move this water from your pipes and water tanks.

No, It’s Not the Garbage

If your teams get their drinking water from the kitchen tap, it can be easy to assume that the bad smell comes from the garbage rather than your tap. However, this isn’t always the case, and if you notice a terrible smell, like rotten eggs or sewage, lingering, you may want to check your tap water. The most likely culprit of your rotten-egg stench is the sulfur that’s lingering in your water pipes. This odor is caused by living bacteria deep within your water system or in your water tanks. As the bacteria grows and thrives, it can give off a bad smell, resulting in pungent water. Every time you run the tap, rushing water scoops up this stinky gas and carries it all the way to your drinking glass, leaving you with a terrible smell as you try to gulp the water down.

Purify Your Drinking Water

You should expect your drinking water to be clean, pure, and odor-free. With the bottleless hydration stations from Pure Beverages Systems, you’ll get just that. Not only do our water coolers remove sediments, chemicals, and germs, but they are also hands-free, which means you can stop the spread of germs at the water cooler. The best part is our coolers tap in directly to your regular water sources, so you don’t have to worry about storing any heavy water jugs, and you’ll get to experience the difference firsthand! Check out all of our water coolers online or contact us today to try a new system.