Why Does My Water Taste Salty?

Does the drinking water in your home taste salty? 

This is caused by a high concentration of chloride ions or sulfates in the water you are drinking. The reason why you have them in your water could be because of:

  • Industrial waste
  • Floodings
  • Contaminants
  • Water Softener
That is a common problem a lot of people with water softeners have, especially in the mornings because the valve sometimes leaks the salt into your water line during the regeneration process during the night.

Water Softeners

Since the regeneration cycle takes place in the middle of the night a couple of times per week, the water is going to taste salty only in the morning, after the regeneration cycle occurs.

If you are using the water during the regeneration process, the valve could leak the salty water into your water line. A simple solution to fix this problem would be to let the water run for a little bit before you use it. The water pressure will clean out the salt from the pipes and you will have clean water.

These problems usually occur with water softeners that have flapper valves that are held by water pressure. If the water pressure drops, the valve will open up and the salt will be leaked into your water.  

Is Salty Water Safe To Drink?

Salty water is generally safe to drink because the amount of salt in the water is not in high quantities to cause any short or long-term problems. But, if the salty taste in the water is not caused by the salt leaking into your water softener, there might be other contaminants in your water that can make your water dangerous for your health. Salty water can produce a laxative effect on those who drink it as well. If the water you are drinking is consistently salty, then this may present more serious problems for your health and your home. Salty water is bad for your water-based appliances because it makes them corrode much faster and the chloride ions can discolor your stainless steel appliances. You can test your water supply to find out if the water you are drinking is safe or if it contains dangerous contaminants.

Other Common Reasons

The people who live near the coasts might have a salty water taste from the saltwater entering into their local water supply.  High concentrations of sulfate and sodium in your water source can also make your water taste salty. But this shouldn’t be an issue if you are using a water filtration system. The sulfates are located in different types of soil and rocks. As your groundwater passes through these rocks, it picks up the sulfate and other minerals in smaller quantities. This happens more frequently in winter when the melting snow or rain carries road salt into your water supply.

What can you do about it?

Salty water is uncomfortable to drink, but it can also corrode and discolor your pipes and stainless steel appliances in your home. It might not cause any serious health problems, but it has a laxative effect on humans. If the salty taste in your water comes from a water softener, then that should be easy to fix. You can let the water run in the morning for a minute so that the salt will be cleared from the pipes or you can call a technician to see if the valve is set up properly. If you have a problem with salty water and you don’t have a water softener in your home, we recommend that you test your water so that you can identify where the salty taste is coming from.  You can always contact your local water treatment company to install a water purifying system in your home so that you can block contaminants from entering your drinking water.


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