BMF 76- Drinking Water Quality

Clean and safe drinking water is essential for life! Therefore water quality, as well as taste and odour, are highly regulated and monitored. It is also a matter of public trust in your local drinking water.
Off-flavours of drinking water are often taints of either products from microorganisms or from food products.
Some algae, particularly blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) such as Anabaena, produce 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) together with other odourous chemicals such as geosmin. These two compounds typically affect the flavour of drinking water or fish living in that water.
Geosmin has a distinct earthy flavour and taste, while 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) gives a musty and earthy flavour to water and is often associated with algal blooms. MIB is also a factor in cork-taint in wine-making.


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