Why does my water smell like bleach?

The City uses chlorine to disinfect the water. Chlorine is added during the treatment process as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and prevent it from growing in the distribution system. A chlorine residual is maintained all the way to your tap. Some individuals are more sensitive to smell and can detect even small amounts of odors. If the water has been sitting in the piping for a period of time, the odor can concentrate and be more noticeable at first. 

To remove any taste or smell, fill a pitcher full of water and refrigerate overnight. The chlorine content will dissipate.

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1. Why is my water is cloudy/milky colored?
2. What is the hardness of our water?
3. Why does my water smell or taste dirty or musty?
4. Why does my water smell like bleach?
5. Why is my water sometimes discolored, and is it safe to drink?
6. Why is my water pressure so low?
7. What do I do if I think I have a leak?
8. Can my water meter be defective?
9. If there is a leak, who is responsible for repairs?