Sulfur water is a condition where the running water contains a high amount of hydrogen sulfide gas that escapes into the air when the plumbing line is opened, giving a distinct "rotten egg" smell.
The condition is not dangerous, but indicates a high level of sulfate-reducing bacteria in the water supply. This may be due to the use of well water, poorly treated city water, or water heater contamination.
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Treatment for sulfur water is turning up the temperature setting on the water heater to over 140°F and running it for several hours, letting others know you have scalding water running in your pipes, and then flushing the water heater clean. The heat is supposed to kill the bacteria. One should also get a good water filter to remove all mineral and chemical impurities at the tap.
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