This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Drinking Water: Taste And Odor Essay

3574 words - 15 pages

Drinking Water:
Taste and Odor
Consumers should understand that many times odor and taste problems come about at the same time. Some of the more common issues associated with taste and odor include:
Strong metallic taste: In some regions of the country, metallic taste is present in water naturally. These waters usually have high mineral content which causes that particular taste. Some metals are easier to identify than others. Manganese and iron are two very common metals found in water whose taste is easy to identify.
Hydrogen Sulfide Odor: This odor is most commonly referred to as the rotten egg odor. It is caused by organic matter that is decomposing in underground ...view middle of the document...

The copper may be in the water naturally or it may be coming from within your home plumbing system. Copper in your system can lead to staining of tubs, sinks, and clothing. In higher doses, above 30 parts per million, it can cause you to become sick if ingested.

Acid Rain
Gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide can react with water to produce corresponding acids. When this happens in the atmosphere, we get rain that is of acidic (or low) pH. The gases mentioned above are released into the atmosphere by certain natural processes like lightning, volcanoes, etc. However, the amount of these gases released due to factories, vehicles and different industries surpasses that produced naturally. It goes beyond a level that can be tolerated by nature.
Consequence: Acid rains cause stone, rocks, steel, metal to erode and paint to peel off. This means monuments, statues, bridges, buildings, all are at a risk. Going at the current rate, there may come a time when children won't be able to play in the rain because it scars their skin!

One cannot really control or stop wastewater from being generated. However, due to anthropogenic effects of human development, the components of wastewater are changing every year, so that more materials that cannot be gotten rid of are being added to wastewater and, ultimately, to water in general. If the amount of these substances goes on increasing, they will accumulate in the food chain. 
Consequence: Wastewater management, if not managed effectively, is going to eventually affect all kinds of life form. Eutrophication (discussed below) is a grave consequence of inefficient and / or inadequate treatment of wastewater.

Urban Run-off
Urban run-off refers to the rainwater running off land and into water bodies. This is a natural process. However, with ever-increasing urbanization, this process affects water bodies adversely, because the run-off now carries all sorts of compounds, chemicals and particulate matter. In the presence of trees and sufficient vegetation, only about 10% of the total amount of rain runs off into water bodies. However, this amount has been increased almost 5 times!
Consequence: Urban run-off causes deposition of oil, gasoline, garbage, heavy metals (nickel, copper, lead, zinc etc.), fertilizers and pesticides (from gardens and lawns), synthetic organic compounds, etc.; all of which ultimately enters the food chain and causes number of health complications. Urban run-off also partially contributes to eutrophication.

Eutrophication, in layman's terms, means excessive growth of phytoplankton in a water body. Almost all natural water bodies (unless intentionally protected), are subject to water pollution; this adds a number of 'substrates' such as phosphates, nitrates, sewage, etc. to the water. All these substances boost the growth of plants (especially fast-growing plants) to such an extent that it completely depletes the water...

Other Papers Like Drinking Water: Taste And Odor

A Study on Water Refilling Station

1195 words - 5 pages of radiation from the surrounding environment. Conclusions Water refilling stations can be a good source of safe drinking water in the Philippines. Purified water can meet the aesthetic standards easily detectable by the people in terms of taste, odor and color. The efficient water purification processes can make the quality of water superior to the traditional water systems. However, the risk of contamination is possible if the handling practices are not closely monitored.

Student of the Year Essay

1189 words - 5 pages only if there is significant input of radiation from the surrounding environment. Conclusions Water refilling stations can be a good source of safe drinking water in the Philippines. Purified water can meet the aesthetic standards easily detectable by the people in terms of taste, odor and color. The efficient water purification processes can make the quality of water superior to the traditional water systems. However, the risk of contamination is possible if the handling practices are not closely monitored.

Guide Questions And Sensory Evaluation

642 words - 3 pages vinegar. 11. “Putuhan” is usually made of clay and commonly situated in areas near to river and some bodies of water where there is a sufficient amount of water to be use in distillation process. 12. • Some distillers set it aside for sundry uses by local healers, especially for therapeutic massage or in


1232 words - 5 pages get dehydrated (, 2010). Contrary to beliefs, drinking water with meals should be avoided because it reduces gastric juices and slows down the digestive process (, 2010). Water should be consumed between meals. A water filter can be used to remove chemicals and metals from tap water to make the water healthier and taste better. It is important to remember that the effects of being hydrated will not be felt right away. It will take a few days to

Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

4036 words - 17 pages the river twice daily with the incoming tide. It immediate receives a heavy dose of chlorine to break up organic material. The water rests in a basin where sediment is allowed to settle. It is then pumped from the river front basin through two conduits, eight feet in diameter. The water enters the indoor treatment facility where more chemicals are added; chlorine and carbon for taste and odor control, lime to control acidity and alkalinity, and

Bottled Water

1039 words - 5 pages Nick Carlson Eric Leuschner Comp 102 2 October, 2010 Bottled Water, Healthy Choice or Environmental Disaster? Bottled water represents many things in today’s society. Fancy bottled water like Perrier water can represent wealth and social status, or bottled water like Fiji water can represent pure drinking water. Bottled water also represents a better alternative to supposedly contaminated, undrinkable tap water. However, according to the

Tap Water And Where Is It Good And Why?

966 words - 4 pages and bad things that are in the water. When testing the ph level and chlorine content, it showed what I thought to be true. The ph level in my tap water is 10.0 which means my water is hard. It has a bitter taste to it and forms deposits on dishes and laundry basins. It also has difficulty getting soaps and detergents to lather. I see that when I wash my clothes. That is why I drink bottled water here. When I go to NY I drink tap water if I am at

Water for Iceland

861 words - 4 pages little diversity and is dangerously dependent on its fish crop and world fish prices. The participation of nonresidents in Icelandic joint venture companies may not exceed 49 percent. Problem/Opportunity: Consumer dissatisfied with the purity, taste and odor of city tap water. The living level is increasing. Question: Should import water from Iceland or other countries? Alternatives: 1. Do not import water from Iceland, take the job

Sound and Smell

1134 words - 5 pages reason for experiencing different forms of taste such as: sour, salty, sweet, and bitter is because of our tongue. The tongue is an extremely movable set of muscles, which is supplied with blood and has many nerves. The tongue has many different function, but its main function is to enable us to eat. It allows to suck when trying to drinking something, softens up solid foods so that we can swallow it properly, and allows us to differentiate

Food from the Land of Smile

809 words - 4 pages used in their preparation. There are more than five different kinds of hot peppers grown in Thailand which are used in Thai cuisine, so Thai foods generally have a hot and strong taste. It’s always surprise to learn that basic ingredients for Thai dishes were simply rice, salt and chili, with some additional fresh-water fish and vegetables. Pork and poultry were normally for special ceremonies, festivals and social functions. Each meal

Bottled Water: an Unsustainable Scourge: a Critical Analysis

4593 words - 19 pages , secondary data supports there are no major health advantages to drinking bottled water instead of tap. Further, this study expresses a relationship between water taste and water bottle consumption. The taste of water has to do with the way it is treated and the quality of its source, including its natural mineral content. The quality standards for bottled and municipal waters in Canada are similar. All bottled and municipal waters that meet or

Related Essays

Groundwater Pollution And Drinking Water Scarcity

1343 words - 6 pages Ground water! What is it? Well it's basically self-explanatory and is any water that is held under ground. That is only a very simple definition of it though and well in fact ground water is very critical to every ones life locally and worldwide. Most of the water that you drink comes from ground water and not from lakes and rivers even though those are considered as a part of ground water components. Ground water has many components that it

Scada And Gis For Drinking Water Distribution System Monitoring And Response

851 words - 4 pages Position Paper for Beyond SCADA: Networked Embedded Control for Cyber Physical Systems workshop SCADA and GIS for drinking water distribution system monitoring and response: critical gaps Shannon L. Isovitsch1 and Jeanne M. VanBriesen2 SCADA is frequently used to manage and control drinking water treatment systems. In this application, SCADA systems perform remote monitoring and operations control along with data management and storage. SCADA

What Am I Drinking? Pretend To Be Writing An Article For The Schools Newspaper And Compare Bottled Water To Tap Water Including Different Brands Of Bottled Water

1747 words - 7 pages In light of the Walkerton incident in May 2000, many people, including students at our school, are considering bottled water over the water in their taps. Bottled water sales have leaped substantially since this time because a majority of the population believes that it is a safer alternative to tap water.To begin an analysis of the validity of such a statement, we must first learn the government regulations on drinking water and on bottled

Environmental Science Essay

600 words - 3 pages . The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water is considered the maximum contaminant level. Non enforceable guidelines regulating contaminants that may cause offensive taste, odor, and color, foaming, or staining in drinking water are secondary drinking water standards. Many of the water pollutants that are in water are all a contribution of simple human activity that we do every day by using detergents, cleaning solvents