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Why Does My Water Taste Salty?



If you drink well water but it does not taste good, you may be looking for a solution. Salty water is not really a series problem. So, you don't need to worry about it. In this guide, we are going to talk about some reasons why your well water may taste salty. Besides, we will talk about some tips to resolve this problem. Read on to find out more.


Reasons Why your Water may taste Salty


Generally, there are three reasons why your tap water may taste salty. You may have issues with your water softener, sulfates for chlorine ions.


1. Chloride Ions concentration


If your well water contains a high concentration of chloride, your water may taste salty. Generally, chloride ions make their way into water through surface runoff or underground aquifers. Therefore, they can make your water taste like saline.


Due to the high level of pollution, you may have the problem of chloride. For example, if you live near and an area that is closer to the sea, seawater may get into your drinking water supply. As a result, your well water may have a higher amount of chloride content.


2. Sulfates Concentration


Another common type of contaminant is known as sulfates. Basically, these minerals are found on our planet. Usually, they are derived from magnesium sulfate and sodium sulfate. What happens is that when groundwater goes through soils and rocks that contain sulfates, water becomes salty.


Just like chloride, industrial activity may also cause sulfates. As a matter of fact, shale waste is another cause of high sulfate levels.


3. Water Softener Issue


If Your water softener is not working properly, you need to find out the reasons. In this case, you may have a lot of salt in your drinking water. Generally, water softeners are effective but complex devices.


If the unit is not programmed properly, it may not work as desired. Besides, the system may be clogged from the inside. For example, the tanks or the drain line may be clogged. Therefore, you will need to replace or clean these components.


Alternatively, you can reprogram the system to do a regeneration cycle. But if there is a blockage, you can do some cleaning to solve your problem. However, if you don't know how to do it, we suggest that you hire the services of an expert.


How Does Salt contaminate Well Water?


Apart from identifying the cause of your salty water, you also need to find out how salt makes its way into your well water.


Let's find out more about it:


Erosion of salt deposits


If the underground layer of rock has a high level of salt, your well water will become salty.


Water contamination due to seawater


Sewage or liquid waste contamination


Road salt


HIgh level of rain or snow that may sleep via soil


Industrial and agricultural contamination


There can be many other reasons why your well water taste salty. There could be agricultural or industrial contamination. The first thing you need to do is contact your local water supplier to find out the cause of the problem.


How Can you Fix your Water Tasting Salty?


If you know the cause of your salty water, you can take a few tips to solve this problem. Salty water does not taste good. Besides, based on the cause, you may have to deal with a lot of side effects. For example, if you continue to drink saltwater on a daily basis, you may suffer from diarrhea. Besides, a high concentration of chloride minerals may also cause damage to your plumbing system.


First of all, you should test your water, which will help you to find out the type of contaminants you are dealing with. Besides, this approach will also help you decide on the treatment method. After testing, you can identify the contaminants associated with the sodium test.


Reverse Osmosis


If you are looking for the simplest solution to fix your salty water problem, you can use reverse osmosis units. First of all, it is difficult to remove chloride and sulfate. You cannot use an average water filter or carbon filter to eliminate these dissolved minerals. Therefore, you will need to invest in a reverse osmosis unit.


Basically, reverse osmosis devices make use of several filters and membranes in order to eliminate 99.9% of total dissolved solids. The reverse osmosis units use semi-permeable membranes that have tiny holes. These holes allow only water molecules to pass through. The rest of the contaminants are flushed out of the unit.


If you cannot fix your water source, we suggest that you install a reverse osmosis unit to remove unhealthy contaminants from your water.