Common Water Issues in Mobile

Solutions For Your Water Quality Problems

The source of Mobile's drinking water is the Converse Reservoir — also known as Big Creek Lake — which is fed by springs, streams, and rainfall in the Converse Reservoir Watershed. The Converse Reservoir Watershed is a 103-square-mile area of land that your drinking water travels over before reaching the Converse Reservoir. As the water travels over the ground it can pick up contaminants along the way, requiring chemicals like chlorine to eliminate potentially dangerous bacteria in your water.


Used primarily to kill dangerous bacteria and parasites in Mobile's natural water supply, chlorine can cause a number of problems in your home. Chlorine itself can cause dry, itchy skin while its by-products can lead to problems like:

  • Bad-tasting or foul-smelling water
  • Tea or coffee that tastes 'off'
  • Stains or discolored water

General Bad Taste

  • Chlorine by-products — One of the most common causes of foul-smelling water for the Mobile area is chlorine by-products. These chemicals form when chlorine interacts with microscopic plant material in the water before it reaches your home.
  • Fishy or earthy smells — Not abnormal for Mobile, these water smells are typically the result of chlorine and ammonia by-products.

Stains or Discolored Water

Chlorine by-products can also cause stains or colored water. These by-products can also be identified by:

  • Spots or stains on clothes
  • Spotty or cloudy dishes
  • Stains around sinks and bathtubs

No matter what's causing your water problems, Culligan has the right filtration solution. The best way to find out what's causing your water problems, and how to fix them, is a free and simple Culligan water test.

Tips From the Culligan Water Expert

If you are worried about lead in your tap water, run it for 30 seconds before using it for drinking or cooking to minimize risk of exposure.

Did You Know

All drinking water in Mobile comes from Big Creek Lake, which covers around 3,600 acres.


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