My water tastes/smells like fuel

Find out what causes your water to smell or taste like fuel, and what you can do about it

Please contact us for assistance on 0345 702 3797 if you notice that your water supply tastes or smells of fuel or solvent.

If there has been a spillage of fuel near to your property, fuel compounds (including those found in heating oil) can penetrate plastic pipework to contaminate the water supply, which could be hazardous to health.

Plastic pipes laid in ground that have been contaminated may need to be replaced with a special barrier pipe even if no taste or smell is detected. This is because contamination of the water supply can occur days, weeks or even months afterwards.

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