How to Remove Rotten Egg Smell from Water
By Mark J. Donovan
|Water smelling like rotten eggs is a common problem with those on well water. Typically the egg smell is stronger when the water is heated, so it is particularly noticed when turning on the hot faucets. The water can even have a slightly nasty taste.
The rotten egg water smell is caused from non-toxic bacteria in the water. The particular bacteria is known as Divibrio Sulfurcans and it often enters the well water through a break in the ground well piping. In order to live the bacteria converts sulfate into a hydrogen sulfide gas.
It is the hydrogen sulfide gas that produces the rotten egg smell in the water.
Though non-toxic the rotten smelling egg water can be quite unappealing to drink. To remove the stench from the water you need to treat the well with chlorine. The common method for removing the rotten egg smell from the water involves shock chlorinating the well.
To resolve the rotten egg water smell we pour a cup or so of bleach into the drain to kill the bacteria and eliminate the rotten egg smell from the water. Usually it takes a few days for the smell to finally fade away.
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