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Common Water Issues in Atlanta

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

The water in Atlanta comes from several different sources, including river water directly from the Chattahoochee River and a reservoir filled with water from the river. Primarily surface water, it's susceptible to a high level of contaminants that include metals, salts, minerals, chemical compounds, pesticides, and natural bacteria.

Poor Quality

There are a number of factors that affect the quality of water in Atlanta. Contamination from industrial operations, landfills, and urban runoff flows into the surface water sources that feed Atlanta's water supply. Another serious concern is poor maintenance of the distribution system, which can allow contaminants to leach into the water or allow bacteria to breed, leading to poor water quality.

General Bad Taste

  • Sedimentation — The particles that are collected and absorbed into Atlanta's water as it flows over the ground's surface may cause a bad taste. Metals like iron and manganese can give water a bitter or metallic taste, while organic salts or chlorine treatment can also have an impact on the taste of Atlanta's drinking water.

Colored Water

Because Atlanta draws much of its water from surface sources, like rivers and streams, it may include a large amount of storm runoff or heavy sedimentation. Those sediments may be responsible for turning Atlanta's water brown. The brown color can also come from iron particles that are released as water travels through the city's outdated pipes for distribution. Although unappealing, brown-colored water is considered safe to drink, but it may stain clothes in the washing machine.

Chlorine is commonly used as a way to disinfect drinking water before distribution. While chlorine-treated water is safe to drink, it sometimes leaves behind an unappealing scent or taste. The chlorine used to treat Atlanta's water supply may make the water unpleasant to drink for anyone with a sensitivity to the smell or taste.


If you're sick of dealing with chlorinated, colored, or bad-tasting water, we offer a Culligan filtration solution that can help. Get to the root of the problem with our simple, free Culligan water test, and we'll help you find a solution to fix it.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

A wire brush can unclog hard water deposit in pipes and drains.

Did You Know

Atlanta's water undergoes a process called flocculation to help clarify the water before distribution.


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