Why does my water smell like rotten eggs?

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In some parts of the country and “well water” from rural Iowa, water can contain the chemical, hydrogen sulfide gas, which smells like rotten eggs.  It is formed largely by the decay of organic materials.  Only a small amount, a few tenths of a milligram per liter, can cause the rotten-egg odor.


Hydrogen sulfide is created from a build-up of sewage and other pollution.  This can cause your water to smell like rotten eggs; discolor bathroom and kitchen water fixtures; corrode metals such as, iron, steel, copper, silver and brass.  It can make food taste different and showering unpleasant.  In some cases, very high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can cause nausea and other illnesses.


Once you determine it is hydrogen sulfide, the best route of removal is to install a whole house treatment system.   For most people in the central Iowa, selecting the right treatment system will remove the odors and problems caused by sulfur bacteria.  Let Crystal Clear Water provide you with pure, fresh-smelling water for your home and your business.


Until next time at ‘The Water Blog’!!!