My water tastes/smells like TCP

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

If your tap water develops a medicinal, chemical, metallic or TCP-like taste or smell, it is likely that the chlorine in the water is reacting with rubber or plastic components within your domestic plumbing system or in your kettle.

The taste and smell is often stronger if the water has been boiled or is left to stand in a glass. This type of taste is not harmful at the levels usually seen in tap water, but can be very unpleasant.