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What would make boiled water bitter?

 
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What would make boiled water bitter?
The water in my home is bitter after it is boiled. I have no idea why either. We have only lived here a couple of months now and I noticed one day when boiling water for some tea.

We have had well water for the last 15 years or so and since we have moved we now have municipal water.

At first I thought it was the pots I was using. I tried it in several of them and after boiling the water it became bitter. I went out and bought some new cookware and no change at all. You boil the water it will turn bitter.

My neighbors have told me the same thing when I asked them. They say it had started a few months ago.

I have tried boiling it on the electric stove, electric kettle and even a freaking fire in the backyard. The water simply turns bitter when boiled and only when boiled. Out of the tap it is fine until you boil it.

Anybody heard of this or experienced this before?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
Nope, but I love your black kitty.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
The water in my home is bitter after it is boiled. I have no idea why either. We have only lived here a couple of months now and I noticed one day when boiling water for some tea.

We have had well water for the last 15 years or so and since we have moved we now have municipal water.

At first I thought it was the pots I was using. I tried it in several of them and after boiling the water it became bitter. I went out and bought some new cookware and no change at all. You boil the water it will turn bitter.

My neighbors have told me the same thing when I asked them. They say it had started a few months ago.

I have tried boiling it on the electric stove, electric kettle and even a freaking fire in the backyard. The water simply turns bitter when boiled and only when boiled. Out of the tap it is fine until you boil it.

Anybody heard of this or experienced this before?
 Quoting: Partly Cloudy


You should have your water tested. One sample from the faucet and then another sample after it is boiled. Maybe boiling it causes some reaction or something similar.

I'd get both samples tested. Water should never taste bitter.

Did they run new piping in the town/city which provides your water? Is it treated water now, treated with something new? Do you have fluoridated water?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
You should have your water tested. One sample from the faucet and then another sample after it is boiled. Maybe boiling it causes some reaction or something similar.

I'd get both samples tested. Water should never taste bitter.

Did they run new piping in the town/city which provides your water? Is it treated water now, treated with something new? Do you have fluoridated water?
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Greensboro said they had been working on changing the water treatment methods they use. They advised everybody all over the news that your water might smell and or taste different with the new changes. This started a few months back so I am sure it has something to do with this.

The only thing I can figure is that maybe the PH levels have been increased or something they are using raises the PH after boiling. Of coarse I can not find one bit of info on the web about it.

I might start with the PH test cause I can do that myself. I have some saltwater test kits that I used to test my coral tanks at one time.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
I found a place today to test my water. I did not plan on telling them I was going to boil one of the samples but I did tell them I have two samples to be tested.

Here is a list of what they said they will test:
Asbestos
Aluminum
Chloride
Chlorine
Chloramines
Color
Free Ammonia as Nitrogen
Fluoride
Hardness
Iron
Manganese
Nitrate as Nitrogen
pH
Phosphorus
Sodium
Sulfate
Total Dissolved Solids
Total Organic Carbon
Turbidity
Zinc
Total Coliform
E.Coli
Trihalomethanes
Haloacetic Acids
Led
Copper

Does this sound about right? Are they missing anything?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
I found a place today to test my water. I did not plan on telling them I was going to boil one of the samples but I did tell them I have two samples to be tested.

Here is a list of what they said they will test:
Asbestos
Aluminum
Chloride
Chlorine
Chloramines
Color
Free Ammonia as Nitrogen
Fluoride
Hardness
Iron
Manganese
Nitrate as Nitrogen
pH
Phosphorus
Sodium
Sulfate
Total Dissolved Solids
Total Organic Carbon
Turbidity
Zinc
Total Coliform
E.Coli
Trihalomethanes
Haloacetic Acids
Led
Copper

Does this sound about right? Are they missing anything?
 Quoting: Partly Cloudy


scheming I like that you didn't tell them one was not boiled! Good for you!!

Hoping for good results!! hf
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
hmmm...

a watched pot?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
A water test is the way to go.

Good idea sending 2 samples....before and after the boil.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
Arsenic makes water bitter. Are you in WV or PA?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
Arsenic makes water bitter. Are you in WV or PA?
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You got me thinking with that comment. I started looking into the coal ash spills here in NC. Apparently the Dan River has a ton of coal ash in it. Once of the things in coal ash is arsenic.

I have been trying to find out if our water comes from the Dan River or not here in Guilford County.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
Arsenic makes water bitter. Are you in WV or PA?
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This I was going to say the same thing!
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
It's a change of the bicarbonate ions and dissolved carbon dioxide in the water when boiled, which changes the pH of the water.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
Your water, water, the force of life, is killing you.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
It's a change of the bicarbonate ions and dissolved carbon dioxide in the water when boiled, which changes the pH of the water.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 36426283


I know my home testing kit is probably not the greatest but I have kits for my salt water tanks.

Out of the tap: 8.4
Boiled: 7.2

I think the only thing that can tell a difference between 8.4 and 7.2 would be my corals and a PH tester in all honesty.
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
I found a place today to test my water. I did not plan on telling them I was going to boil one of the samples but I did tell them I have two samples to be tested.

Here is a list of what they said they will test:
Asbestos
Aluminum
Chloride
Chlorine
Chloramines
Color
Free Ammonia as Nitrogen
Fluoride
Hardness
Iron
Manganese
Nitrate as Nitrogen
pH
Phosphorus
Sodium
Sulfate
Total Dissolved Solids
Total Organic Carbon
Turbidity
Zinc
Total Coliform
E.Coli
Trihalomethanes
Haloacetic Acids
Led
Copper

Does this sound about right? Are they missing anything?
 Quoting: Partly Cloudy


That's a lot, more than you really need I would say, but better too much than not enough. The one thing you've overlooked is radioactivity, either a gross alpha/beta test or at least uranium.

I'm in the business, so I have nosy questions you don't have to answer, but here goes:

How much are you paying for all that?

Is the lab certified to test drinking water for all those things?
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Re: What would make boiled water bitter?
I was looking at Aquaknow.com
If you look at the website they are not very cheap but they had great reviews.

Have not done it yet. Trying to figure out which route to go.





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