New well bad tasting water

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  1. Brad Perkins

    Brad Perkins Member

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    Drilled a 180ft well that makes 1 gal/min. I've been using a cycle sensor to pump it dry over and over to develop it. Clarity is great but the taste is off. It's almost bitter but what is strange is I only taste it for the first minute or so and then it's not noticed. I almost think it's salty and waiting on test results now. If it's salt then why only for a short time? I'm planning on installing a RO unit anyway to drink but I'm concerned about appliances
     
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    Moving to the Softener Forum where you may get more help.
     
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  4. Reach4

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    The results of your water test will be interesting.
    1. You put water into a pitcher, and let the pitcher sit overnight. In the morning, do you taste the problem?
    2. You run cold water for 5 minutes to the tub. Collect a glass of the flowing water. Do you taste the problem?
    3. You hold your nose and drink. Do you taste the problem?
     
  5. Brad Perkins

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    I'll try the pitcher test. I don't have water going into my house yet. I'm pulling it straight from the well. Should have test results soon so I know what treatments I'll need
     
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  7. Brad Perkins

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    Thanks but I've already paid for a comprehensive water test locally. Waiting on results

    Worked on the house today so I tasted the well several times. The bitter flavor only lasts a short time. There is no taste from the majority of the water. It's like salt or another mineral leaches into the water as it sets so you get a taste but only briefly.
     
  8. Reach4

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    I was asking that you clarify. Is it like you get used to the taste quickly? That is what I think you were saying.
     
  9. Brad Perkins

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    Not at all. I sample it every 30 sec or so and I can tell the flavor changes. In fact the last time I tasted nothing for a couple minutes then salty for maybe 1 min. It cleared up and tasted fine till it pumped dry
     
  10. Reach4

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    Get a TDS meter. You will need one for your RO unit anyway. See if the reading changes much from sample to sample.

    That way you can see whether the water changes, or your perception changes.
     
  11. Brad Perkins

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    I can try that. My tastebuds aren't lying. I can definitely tell the taste changes as the water column is pumped down. At first the well had a bit of sulfur smell but I cured that with Clorox. Too several days of pumping to get that taste out. Now the smell is gone, water is clear but this issue. Maybe it will go away too in time?? I'll be moving in early next month
     
  12. Bannerman

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    Until your lab test results arrive, all anyone can do is speculate.

    A TDS meter will only tell you the total amount of dissolved solids, not the specific solids you are measuring. The lab test will indicate not only solids but also other specific elements and contaminants in your water and the amount of each, so as to help to identify the usual causes of the conditions you are experiencing so as to assist in deciding appropriate treatment methods.
     
  13. Brad Perkins

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    I understand. What I'm trying to gauge is if this is typically how contaminants behave in the water or if something unusual is going on. I assumed the first ounce pumped would tasted same as the last
     
  14. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Be sure to test the water at its worst. Bitter can be a multitude of problems but extremely high hardness can impart a bitter flavor. High alkalinity, high pH and many other problems can also cause this. Please post the results when you get them.\\As to the question of will the well water stabilize, unknown. Total guess to say yes or no.
     
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