Plastic Pipes Considered Health Hazard

How do you improve the taste of the water?
Is the odor caused by plastic pipes bad for your health?
Is water from plastic pipes good to drink?
Where does the odor in pipes come from?
Where does unpleasant odor result from?

A reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system can greatly improve the taste and the quality of water.

However, if the offensive smell and taste is due to bleaching power (free chlorine) then a good carbon filtration unit can be used.

Where does the odor in pipes come from?
If the water supply lines are made of plastic – such as PVC and CPVC the odor may be coming from chemicals present in the new pipe as well as the solvent based glue that was used to join them together. If the water is coming from an overhead tank then it might get hot during the day. Hot water increases the amount of chemicals released into the water from the plastic.

The odor in water caused by plastic pipes, however is not considered a health hazard and should diminish over time.

If the water is coming from a well or tube-well or from natural springs, then it may be rich in minerals or other natural chemicals, like sulphur (dissloved hydrogen sulfide gas), which can result in an unpleasant odor that is more easily detected when the water is heated or in winter when flow-through, in the well is low. Although typical concentrations of Hydrogen Sulphide gas in household water does not pose a health risk, high concentrations do affect the tastes of water. A concentration as low as 0.1 milligram hydrogen sulphide per litra of water is detectable by smell b y most people. Activated carbon adsorbs soluble organic compounds and certain gases such as chlorine and hydrogen sulfide.

Know more about the different types of RO Water Purifiers.