Petrol or diesel taste and smells | Yorkshire Water

Petrol or diesel taste and smells

Follow our advice if your water tastes or smells like petrol or diesel.

Petrol or diesel taste and smells

What should I do if my water tastes or smells like petrol or diesel?

We’ll always investigate such reports quickly to find the exact cause and offer advice on how to resolve it.

If you notice a petrol/diesel taste or smell to your water, please request a call back or start a live chat with us.

If you know of any fuel spills in your area you should contact the environmental health team at your local council as soon as possible to try and prevent any further damage. Even if the water hasn’t been affected yet, it can still become contaminated through the plastic pipe in the future.

Works in your area

Water supply issues can often be caused by works being carried out in your area. Enter your postcode to see if there are any roadworks or incidents that could be affecting you.

What causes petrol or diesel tastes and smells?

These one off smells can be caused by a spillage of fuel or heating oil near a plastic supply pipe. Such substances can, over time, pass through the plastic pipes and result in changes to taste or smell. If the land is contaminated (such as from a fuel spill) then any underground plastic water pipes may need to be replaced in a protected material, e.g. plastic coated copper pipe or special plastic barrier pipe.

We will investigate whether your service pipe and our water mains are affected and advise if your service pipe needs replacing in a protected material.

Works in your area

Water supply issues can often be caused by works being carried out in your area. Enter your postcode to see if there are any roadworks or incidents that could be affecting you.

Watch our petrol or diesel advice video

Follow our advice if your water tastes or smells like petrol or diesel.