Why does the water sometimes smell or taste like chlorine?

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the United State Environmental Protection Agency require that all water plants disinfect the water. The Chicago Water Department uses chlorine for this purpose adding a minimal amount assuring the water remains safe as it travels from the treatment plant to homes. 

If you are sensitive to chlorine in your water, a carbon filter will remove all chlorine. Carbon filters must be consistently maintained to minimize bacteriological contamination of your water. Alternatively, fill a pitcher with tap water and place it in the refrigerator overnight, usually by the next day the chlorine will have evaporated out of the water. If your immune system is compromised in any way, ask your doctor about any precautions you should take when drinking bottled or tap water.

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1. What is the Village water source?
2. Is our tap water safe?
3. Do I need a water filter?
4. Should I buy bottled water?
5. Why does the water sometimes smell or taste like chlorine?
6. Does the water contain fluoride?
7. Does the water contain radon?
8. Does my water contain lead?
9. What does the Village test for in the water?
10. How do I get my water tested?
11. Why are there water restrictions?
12. What is the hardness of Village tap water?
13. Do I need to soften my water?
14. Why is our water so warm in the summer?
15. Why is my water milky looking?
16. Who do I contact with billing questions?
17. Who do I contact about water pipes or water meters?