If your water smells like a sweet solvent, your water may be contaminated with chemicals such as MTBE or Xylenes.
MTBE (Methyl Tretiary- Butyl Ether) is a gasoline additive that will cause a sweet solvent odor in water at concentrations above 0.020 mg/L and is a possible carcinogen.
Xylenes are a by-product of gasoline refining, paints, inks, and detergents. The Maximum Contaminant Level is 10 mg/L. Possible health effects from drinking water with this type contaminant are Liver, Kidney, and Nervous System effects.
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