Why does my water taste/smell like chlorine?

The City is required to disinfect water before it leaves the treatment plant and maintain sufficient chlorine levels in pipes and tanks to prevent bacteria growth.  Chlorine levels are monitored at multiple locations across the City to ensure that they stay between the minimum and maximum levels established by the State of Colorado and the EPA.  The system is also regularly monitored for bacteria at multiple locations.  The amount of chlorine remaining in the water when it reaches a home can vary depending on the how long water is in the system before it reaches the tap.  Chlorine will dissipate if drinking water is left in an uncovered container in the refrigerator overnight.

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1. How is the City of Lafayette’s drinking water treated?
2. Why does my water taste/smell like chlorine?
3. Why does my water smell musty, fishy or earthy?
4. Why is my water rusty brown/orange?
5. Why is my water white or cloudy?
6. Why is there pink/black mildew in my shower/sink/toilet?
7. My water tastes different. Is there something wrong with the water system? Is the water safe to drink?
8. Why don’t other communities have this problem?
9. Why does it taste/smell bad only when I run the hot water?
10. Should I buy a home water filter?
11. What is the City doing to improve water taste and odor?
12. I’m still concerned, will the City test my water?