Why does my water sometimes smell or taste like chlorine?
Chlorine is added to drinking water for several reasons. First and foremost, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the United State Environmental Protection Agency require that all water plants disinfect the water. The Chicago Water Department uses chlorine for this purpose. Second, a minimal amount of chlorine is added to assure that the water remains safe as it travels from the treatment plant to your home. A few individuals, who are sensitive to chlorine, can detect the chlorine taste and odor at these low levels.

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1. Where does my water come from?
2. What causes the "musty" taste and odor in the water?
3. Why does my water sometimes smell or taste like chlorine?
4. What do you test for in the water?
5. How can I have my water tested?
6. Do water filters work and should I use one?
7. Do I need to treat the water before I use it for my fish?
8. Does the water contain fluoride?
9. How hard is my water and should I use a water softener?
10. Do I have radon in the water?
11. Why does my water get milky white?
12. Why are there water restrictions?
13. Who should I contact for billing questions?
14. Who should I contact about my water pipes or water meter?