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Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby AlphaM » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:29 pm

I cant help but notice the strong smell/taste of chlorine everytime i try to drink tap water and its pretty disturbing because that was not a problem in the past

Is this phenomenon to all the people in Cyprus or its something to do with my pipes and house ?

I live in limassol
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Maximus » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:41 pm

I believe most people in Cyprus dont drink water from the tap.

I dont think it is advised to do so.
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby CBBB » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:02 pm

Maximus wrote:I believe most people in Cyprus dont drink water from the tap.

I dont think it is advised to do so.


On the very rare occasions that I drink water, it is water from the mains supply, nothing wrong with it all.
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Maximus » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:52 pm

yes its safe to drink.
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby supporttheunderdog » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:53 pm

I live in Limassol too. No trouble with my tap water. Drink quite a bit of it - seldom touch the bottled stuff - especially this -

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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:14 pm

In my experience the tap water here is perfectly drinkable, provided you use the water coming directly from the mains and not water that has been in the tank. I think the difference may be that they are sending desalinated water through at the moment with the dams being so empty. For one thing, it doesn't taste as good and I also think that it is a bit more heavily chlorinated.
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Robin Hood » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:46 pm

Interesting! I also live in Limassol (Souni) and I went to the Muckhta today to ask him to get the water tested.

It definitely has a smell and taste to it but sometimes more than others. It ruins a good cup of tea! The water is mains water but ..... IT IS FROM A TANK. Our water is pumped from Episkopi and I believe (although not 100% sure) that desalinated water is added to it at some stage. The water is pumped from holding tank to holding tank (4-5 levels) and arrives to us at around 400m amsl in stages.

So, maybe it has something to do with the desalinated water? :?:

I always drink straight from the main supply and have only noticed this as a recent phenomenon.
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Get Real! » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:55 pm

Robin Hood wrote:Interesting! I also live in Limassol (Souni) and I went to the Muckhta today to ask him to get the water tested.

:? Muhtar
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:23 pm

Robin Hood wrote:Interesting! I also live in Limassol (Souni) and I went to the Muckhta today to ask him to get the water tested.

It definitely has a smell and taste to it but sometimes more than others. It ruins a good cup of tea! The water is mains water but ..... IT IS FROM A TANK. Our water is pumped from Episkopi and I believe (although not 100% sure) that desalinated water is added to it at some stage. The water is pumped from holding tank to holding tank (4-5 levels) and arrives to us at around 400m amsl in stages.

So, maybe it has something to do with the desalinated water? :?:

I always drink straight from the main supply and have only noticed this as a recent phenomenon.


Well, village water is totally different from the mains water here in Limassol city, so I don't know about that. I can immediately recognise from the taste when it is the desalinated stuff- which we haven't had for a few years apart from recently thanks to a succession of good rainy winters up until last winter.
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Re: Why does Tap water smells and Taste's like Chlorine?

Postby Robin Hood » Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:33 pm

Get Real! wrote:
Robin Hood wrote:Interesting! I also live in Limassol (Souni) and I went to the Muckhta today to ask him to get the water tested.

:? Muhtar


It's the English translation I used ! :roll: :oops: Even you got it wrong! Apparently it's Mukhtar

He is actually called 'President of the Community Board' ...... calling him Mr President sounds a bit over the top and my back aches too much to bow ..... so I knuckle my fore-lock as a sign of respect. :wink:
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