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Smelly Tap Water
updated: Jul 26, 2014, 12:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Is anyone else having issues with their tap water smelling? Within the last 3 days, ours has started smelling earthy/mossy.

I researched this a bit and found out it is more common when your water source is a lake, river, etc. I know it can also be your plumbing, but ours is less than 6 months old and a friend in SB (we live in Goleta) is experiencing the same thing.

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 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 12:20 PM

Kind of a rotton odor..

 

 COMMENT 539689 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 12:27 PM

I love that earthy/mossy smell. It sure beats the rotten eggs smell when sulfur is part of the "mineral" mix that comes with Goleta water quite frequently, depending on which well is servicing your area.

 

 COMMENT 539694 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 12:41 PM

We're experiencing the opposite at our house lately. Our water normally smells quite chlorinated, but this week it seems to be even worse. I come out of the shower smelling like I washed in a public swimming pool. I also noticed, while filling up the Brita pitcher, that the water was coming out of the tap slightly foamy-but not in a sudsy or aerated kind of way. Kind of like when you just start beating egg whites for meringue, that kind of foam. It's icky. I'd almost prefer an earthy/mossy taste or smell.

 

 COMMENT 539698 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:01 PM

The water sits in miles of pipes before it gets to any new plumbing on the property. Tap water here has always smelled and tasted horrible. For excellent tap water right out of the faucet, travel to San Francisco. Amazingly true, the tap water is excellent. Better than bottled even. As advertised.

 

 COMMENT 539701 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:22 PM

Ours was stinking like too much chlorine, a couple of days ago, and the taste was like old pipes. We stopped using it for teeth brushing...used bottled instead. (We live in Noleta,)
It is much better now.
Any one know where Noleta/Goleta gets it's water? Cachuma?

 

 COMMENT 539703 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:26 PM

Was visiting in Montecito and Goleta yesterday and, when I washed my hands at both places it smelled like sulfur was coming out of the tap. Both homes were on the mountain side of the 101

 

 COMMENT 539705 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:33 PM

It probably has something to do with the body they found in Lake Cachuma a few days ago. It's okay. You'll get used to it.

 

 COMMENT 539707P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:35 PM

I doubt it has anything to do with the body. As water evaporates, any chemicals concentrate in the water, because they do not evaporate. I would guess that is part of the problem.

 

 COMMENT 539712 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:43 PM

@707P: Of course you're right, but I think it's fun to get people ecited about things like bodies in the drinking water. Let's face it, things have been pretty boring around here lately.

 

 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 01:52 PM

Bad hot dogs it smells like bad hot dogs.

 

 SUMMERTIME agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 02:57 PM

my water seems to be fine in San Roque....

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 03:02 PM

Rex, you're funny, I like you, and your food & movie tastes, but you're walking a fine line with this post! I'm thinking more of those who really will freak out. And morally and emotionally, for me, it's stepping over a line. Hope you can appreciate my honesty.

 

 COMMENT 539750 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 03:33 PM

Yes! Ellwood area, on and off, but very off-putting smell!

 

 COMMENT 539753 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 03:36 PM

I love Rex, he makes Edhat such a treat. Like SB water he can seem unfiltered and foul, yet we couldn't live without him.

Besides that we are allies when it comes to our EH foe, whom I shall not name.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 03:58 PM

Because there is nothing more fun than making someone feel unwelcome so they just give up and leave... :)

 

 COMMENT 539764 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 04:01 PM

698, you know why San Francisco has the best tap water? Because back in the early 1900's, after the earthquake, the corrupt SF Political machine was able to bribe Federal officials into approving building a damn at Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne river even thought it though it was part of Yosemite Natl Park. You don't here to many environmentalist in the Bay Area talk about that subject. By the way according to John Muir writings Hetch Hetchy was even more spectacular then Yosemite Valley.

 

 COMMENT 539765P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 04:08 PM

http://www.hetchhetchy.org/

an organisation to restore.

Like the way you spelled damn.

 

 COMMENT 539808 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-26 08:17 PM

I live on Hollister near turnpike and my water smells like bleach and rust all the time! It's disgusting

 

 COMMENT 539822 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 06:49 AM

Just moved from Noleta back downtown after 20 years and was astounded at how much BETTER the water is in SB proper! It's almost drinkable! It doesn't have the 'summer sulfur syndrome' that seemed to plague the GoodLand about this time every year. My hair is happier too : )
Portland (Oregon) has the best tapwater, btw

 

 COMMENT 539827 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 07:36 AM

eat more fat, you won't be able to taste it (or smell, apparently)

 

 COMMENT 539838 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 08:37 AM

Water from lake Cachuma sometimes picks up more of certain chemicals coming through the unlined Tecolote tunnel under the coastal range. Some of these chemicals are not thoroughly filtered out which would take expensive added carbon filtering and then carbon removal. In addition, this time of the year the water in the local resevoirs and water systems warms to a temperature that will produce an algae bloom and build up in the resevoirs and water delivery systems. To control that factor the chlorination is often increased (still at safe levels) and that can be noticable to the taste and smell of the water.

 

 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 10:03 AM

SB City is using more water from wells. They put out a bulletin in June announcing that the smell and taste of the water would be changing.

Here is an excerpt, "To augment surface water supplies, the City’s planned additional drought water supplies include local groundwater, ... With increased use of alternate water supplies, you may notice a different taste or odor in your drinking water."

 

 ANDY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 10:50 AM

707P The crack about the body was a JOKE!

 

 COMMENT 539873P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:07 AM

I am aware that it was a joke, but as Yin Yang stated: "you're walking a fine line with this post! I'm thinking more of those who really will freak out. And morally and emotionally, for me, it's stepping over a line. Hope you can appreciate my honesty."

 

 COMMENT 539884 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:52 AM

Smoke more cigarettes, then you won't taste much of anything!

 

 COMMENT 539910 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 02:12 PM

Living in Noleta, the taste is about the same as always but in the shower it has an odor like fishey lake water. About the same amount of hard water spots as always too.

That seems to be one of the downsides of living in paradise. Oh well, everything considered, I choose to stay here!

 

 COMMENT 540021 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 07:55 PM

Here off of Puente (La Cumbre Water), our tap water has gotten noticeably worse recently. It's never smelled bad to me in the shower, but brushing my teeth has become an unpleasant task.

 

 COMMENT 540117P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 10:10 AM

body in cachuma jokes are okay, but don't dare diss or figuratively put down a dog.

 

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