Foul-smelling or unusual odors from your water should
make you question its quality and safety. Water that is giving off a distinctive smell (rotten egg smell) is most likely
contaminated with hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide does not usually pose
immediate health problems at the levels it is found in domestic drinking
supplies. However, it is certainly an inconvenience — especially to one’s nose,
as it creates a “rotten egg” smell.
Characteristics of Hydrogen Sulfide
(“Rotten Egg Smell”)
Hydrogen sulfide is a
colorless gas that can exist naturally in groundwater. Sulfur-reducing bacteria
present in groundwater use sulfur as an energy source to chemically change
sulfates to hydrogen sulfide. The bacteria use sulfur from decaying plants and
other organic matter in oxygen-deficient environments. They can occur in deep
or shallow wells, and reside in plumbing systems. In addition to the hydrogen sulfide gas they
produce, sulfur-reducing bacteria also generate slime that can promote the
growth of other bacteria and clog wells and plumbing systems and water
Hydrogen sulfide, if
present, will vary by well due to the varying geology. It is most common
in shale and sandstone. The occurrence of hydrogen sulfide gas has been
correlated to groundwater with low pH and groundwater with high levels of iron
and/or manganese. It also may be associated with hydrocarbons and peat
Hydrogen sulfide is
quite pungent at low concentrations and 85% of people can detect ambient
concentrations above 0.03 ppm. There is no Maximum Contaminant Level
established by the EPA.
Hydrogen sulfide gas
is flammable and poisonous at high concentrations. Usually it is not a
health risk at concentrations present in household water. Buildup of
hydrogen sulfide concentrations in confined areas has been known to cause
adverse health effects.
Hydrogen sulfide is
corrosive and can leach metals from plumbing systems into the water and effects
A/C units. Corrosion of metals by hydrogen sulfide forms a black precipitate
that can stain laundry, plumbing fixtures, corrodes exposed metal parts in washing machines, effects heat
elements of water heaters and dishwashers, A/C coils, darken silverware, and
discolor copper and brass utensils.
Five Star Water Systems offers several
methods of removing Hydrogen Sulfide from water. The treatment method selected
depends on many factors. These factors include the level of sulfur in the
water, the amount of iron and manganese in the water, and if bacterial
contamination must also be treated.
Drilling a new well
to find water with lower sulfur content may be a solution or be a waste of effort
and money. Changing the depth of the well or moving a distance away from the
original well, may not result in tapping different water-bearing layers. A
different water-bearing layer may or may not be sulfur-free. Generally, the
deeper the well, the higher the mineral and sulfur content
water softeners do not remove sulfur odors from water. In fact, softeners
easily become fouled or clogged, reducing their softening capacity. The
exchange material may eventually need replacing.
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