Just idle curiosity, that, and I have a very "earth/nature conscious" friend coming over to see what my water is all about. So I want it to be as "natural" smelling and tasting as it can. Which it normally is. Just usually a bit of a salty like taste & no smell.
I have been wondering if CYA contributes to some of the smell & taste in my water.
The best I can describe it would be a slightly salty, super mild, dilute alum type taste.
Maybe it's the lye in the bleach?
Water's only 2 mo. old, so I doubt it's enough salt buildup from the bleach. I have used about 3 - 96oz jugs of 8.25% bleach since last fill and I replaced a few 100 gal from evap/splash out.
Now as for the smell...
I have really noticed the smell since I upped my CYA from about 25 ppm, to 40 ppm a few days back. Did this because of topping it off.
It has a noticeably pungent smell when you stick your nose close to the water, it smells almost like latex paint. Not paint thinner, just the paint itself, the dryers & latex/pigments or whatever.
It aaaalmost smells like that slightly sweet chlorine smell us bleach users know, that we smell oooonce and a while... but nooooot quite.
Normally I smell nothing when I sniff the water.
Note, I have used no MA this year, TA is @ 70, so its pH stays right @ 7.5/7.6.... HAPPY AS A CLAM!!!
Am I crazy? Does CYA do this, if so, for how long after you add it?
Is it just till it dissolves?
Current water testing shows...
FC - 6
CC - 0 (none all season)
pH - 7.3/7.4 (from CYA addition)
TA - 70
CH - haven't bothered as it's vinyl, last year was 110 and that was after some cal hypo usage.
CYA - 40
Temp - 73F