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South Peel - Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton: 2005 Water Quality Report

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is our water safe to drink?
  2. What are my water characteristics?
  3. Is the water in Mississauga, Brampton and Bolton hard?
  4. Should I buy a water softener?
  5. Why does the water sometimes look "cloudy" or "milky"?
  6. Is fluoride added to my water?
  7. Why is my kettle stained inside?
  8. Where can I get more information about drinking water and related issues?
  9. What can I do at home about my water quality?

9. What can I do at home about my water quality?

Chlorine Odour and Taste
Possible Cause
  • Chlorine getting combined with organics.
  • Chlorination of new watermains.
  • Effects of new plumbing.
  • Change of residency as chlorine concentration varies from location to location.
Suggested Solutions Chlorine is necessary to control disease-causing organisms.
To minimise the chlorine taste and smell in water:
  • Fill a pitcher and let it stand in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Blend the water for 5 minutes or pour between containers about 10 times.
  • Boil the water, let it cool down and then refrigerate.
  • Home plumbing may be flushed for a minute before water use (especially in the mornings, after water stands in the lines overnight).
Musty / Earthy / Sour/ Grassy / Foul Odour
Possible Cause
  • Algae that bloom in the lake in the summer produces a metabolite called 'geosmin', which causes musty/earthy odour.
  • Dead-end watermains or areas with low water demand.
  • Poorly maintained hot water tanks.
  • Faucet Aerators/Screens and sink drains.
Suggested Solutions
  • The algae are harmless and although the water may not be aesthetically pleasing, it is safe.
  • Clean faucet aerators and screens on frequent basis.
  • Hot water tanks should be flushed periodically (every 2 to 3 years) to remove rust and scale.
  • Refrain from flushing solids/organics down the drain; stagnant wastewater in the drain may generate foul odours and potentially plug the drain.
Milky / Cloudy Water
Possible Cause
  • Air trapped in water due to water main breaks, water temperature or pressure change, plumbing work, construction work in the area, water shut-offs.
  • Hot water tank temperature may be set for too high.
Suggested Solutions
  • Run all cold water taps at once for a couple of minutes to flush the lines and release the air .
  • Lower the hot water tank temperature if above 140F(60C).
Blue / Green Stains on Fixtures
Possible Cause
  • Copper in water due to copper plumbing.
Suggested Solutions
  • Run water for 30 seconds to reduce local plumbing (metal concentration) consumption.
  • Keep fixtures dry and drip-free.
Brown / Dirty Water
Possible Cause Change in water flow due to:
  • Watermain break.
  • Hydrant use.
  • Local Fire.
  • Dead ends.
  • Poorly maintained hot water tanks.
Suggested Solutions
  • Open cold water faucets and flush water for 5 to 10 minutes, until clear.
  • Refrain from doing laundry to prevent clothes staining.
  • Hot water tank should be flushed periodically (every 2 to 3 years).
White Flakes / Particles
Possible Cause
  • Flakes are scale caused by hardness.
  • Faulty or disintegrating hot water tank tubing or lining.
Suggested Solutions
  • Can be reduced by frequent cleaning of faucet aerators/screens and/or frequent flushing of hot water tanks.
  • Contact the hot water tank company.
Oil / Grease in Water
Possible Cause
  • Often traced to pipe jointing compounds used to repair plumbing; may be of any colour and usually noticed in bathtub or sink.
Suggested Solutions
  • Open several faucets and flush the cold and hot water for a couple of minutes to flush the lines and release any oil/grease that may have been released. Repeat if necessary.

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Revised: Thursday July 26 2007


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