Why does my water have a bad taste or odor?
Occasionally, customers of the Norfolk Water System including citizens in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake may notice a difference in the taste or smell of their drinking water. Bad tasting or smelling water is most often caused by an excessive growth of algae in the City's reservoirs. These algae give off certain natural substances that cause the water to taste or smell different than you are used to. For more information about this problem, please visit the complete answer page.

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1. Why does my water appear to be brown and rusty?
2. Why does my water have a bad taste or odor?
3. Why does my water have white particles floating in it?
4. Why does my water look cloudy or milky?
5. Why do I have pink stains on my plumbing fixtures?
6. I have a well on my property. Can I get the water tested?