Ever drink a glass of water, or take a sip from a water fountain and do a spit-take because it tasted like you were drinking liquid metal? If you have had this experience, first up, step away from the glass. It’s high time that you get your water source, and the equipment that you use, tested for any faulty works or general disfunction.
If this doesn’t work, well then, you may be the reason that you are tasting metal in the drinking water, and it’s time to get you checked for any possible health concerns that could be causing this.
Not to worry, in this article, we will cover the best ways that you can painlessly go about enjoying your next glass of aqua, without any tastes and, well, non-preferences, as the case may be.
The first thing you should do is get your water filtration device checked for any possible malfunction. Possible malfunctions can range from not having replaced your filters, or parts of your equipment on time, or quite possibly, for attempting to purchase “similar” spare parts online that end up giving you less for less.
Yes, we’re all tempted by the online marketplace and the way in which we can get things so much cheaper than at the store. But, beware because this is the water that you and your family are going to be drinking, and being one of the primary necessities on which you all survive, cutting corners can prove to be a huge risk you don’t want to take.
Speaking of “cutting corners”, if you aren’t an expert in water filter maintenance, and most of us are not, attempting to take matters into your own hands, literally, can result in you goofing up to your own detriment. Please call in the expert, or at the very least, the listed helpline number and have someone assist you in fixing the like-metal-for-water problem for you. Trust us, it’s in your best interest to do this for yourself and the ones you love.
If you don’t have a water filter, you can buy all kinds of water filters from your nearest department store, or from a trusted online vendor, across multiple technologies like charcoal filtration, or reverse osmosis. For example, the “Pure-Pro Quick Change 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter” takes care of most of the potential impurities, no matter how minute, that can potentially get into your water supply.
Maybe the problem with metal-tasting water is further upstream, to put it so. In other words, it may be wise to ask your neighbors if they face a similar problem when it comes to the potable water coming out of their taps. Hey, don’t take my word for it. Ask the poor folks over at Flint, Michigan, about how much fresh water they’ve received in the last couple of months, and you’ll get an earful about the people responsible for their predicament.
Still not on board with the analogy? Your water tasting like metal could be because there is a problem on the supply side of things, and the place from where the water is coming into your neighborhood. Check with your local municipal office or water department to see if there is any maintenance work in the area that you have not been informed of. If you and your neighbors have a similar complaint about metal in your water, allegedly until proven, of course, then you should register a complaint and see to it that they take of things forthwith.
If they give you a lukewarm response, please buy an online water testing kit and prove to them, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the problem is at their end. There are tons of kits that you can purchase online, and you can find most of them, like the “Baldwin Meadows 9-in-1 Drinking Water Test Kit” on Amazon.com. However, it’s truly best to get a professional water test done by a certified water quality lab.
When “You” are the Problem.
We don’t mean to point the finger, or to claim that all water providers are totally blameless, but let’s face it, if you have eliminated all the possible sources of water contamination from the list of suspects, then it may be time to take a long hard look in the mirror, and to consider that something that you are doing is making your water taste like metal. Time to put the filter where your mouth is, so to speak.
Medication and multivitamins are a potential cause of having water taste like metal. Why? Because the latter, in particular, is a good source of heavy metals, such as chromium, zinc or copper, and irrespective of whether or not you are sticking to or exceeding your dosage, they could still be making your glass of water taste like you were last french-kissing the water fountain to get a drink because the spurt of water didn’t come up high enough. Again, we’re not saying that you would do this, but let’s face it, we’re all human, and desperation can make us do funny things, right? Forget it…
Another potential cause of metallic-tasting water is, and there is no polite way to put this, your oral hygiene. It turns out, that in some cases, and again, we’re just saying, in spite of the strides that have been made in dental care of oral hygiene products, the sheer variety and varying degrees of convenience, some of us, ahem, are not prone to exercising this right completely.
If you suffer from any sort of oral infection, partial tooth decay, cavities, or tooth fillings that have recently become exposed, one of these could be the reason that you have water tasting like metal every time you take a sip.
Of course, the easiest test of this would be to get someone else to taste the water and let you know if there is something strange about it. But, if they say no, please don’t go playing novice dentist and asking them to open their mouths for inspection. That’s just not cool.
Finally, but somewhat limitedly, is the fact that if you are a woman and are pregnant, recently new hormonal changes could be causing you to find your water tasting a bit off, to be polite about it. Of course, better safe than sorry, but if you have scientifically eliminated all of the causes that could be behind this strange tasting H20, especially if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy, then you may just have to put up with it for a while until it passes of its own accord.
So, to briefly list the reasons why you could be tasting water that tastes metallic when all you wanted was it not to: 1) Check your water filtration system for defects, 2) Check with your local water supplier and your neighbors for any possible area-related sources of contamination, and 3) Check yourself, namely, your oral hygiene, the medication that you are taking, and or if you happen to be in the early stages of pregnancy.
If you have done all of these things and your water still tastes like metal, well, maybe metal-tasting water is the new in thing, and none of us got the memo.