Why does my water smell like chlorine?

Chlorine is used to disinfect your water. A slight taste of chlorine is a good thing – it means that likely no bacteria are alive in your water. You may notice a more intense chlorine taste and odor in your water when we flush the lines in the spring. This is because during flushing we use a stronger form of chlorine. Keeping an open container of water in the refrigerator for drinking helps dissipate a strong chlorine taste and odor.