Sulfur water

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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.

Cause[edit]

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.

Treatment[edit]

Various methods exist to treat sulfur in water. These methods include

  1. Use of a Carbon Filter (useful for very small amounts of hydrogen sulfide)
  2. Filtering the water through a canister of manganese oxide coated Greensand
  3. Aeration of the water
  4. Treating the water with chlorine (can be used to treat large amounts of hydrogen sulfide)

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