What's wrong with my water?

@dayzz25 (552)
United States
February 14, 2008 11:35am CST
I live in the country and we have a well for our water. It has been smelling like rotten eggs lately and it really grosses me out. I called the landlord but he doesn't act like it's a big deal. He bought some stuff to pour down the drain for drains that have build up and cause smelling but I know it's the water not the drains. After I brush my teeth I rinse my mouth with the water and it taste funny also. We buy drinking water because I worry about our health. Does anyone know what is causing this?
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15 responses
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
14 Feb 08
Rotten eggs smell means that there is sulfur in the water. Do you have a well? That seems to be a problem for some wells. You might call your county extension agent and ask who could check your water. There are water filteration companies who also might be able to give yu some advise.
@dayzz25 (552)
• United States
14 Feb 08
Yes I have a well. That's what I thought about the sulfur but I didn't know it could get in to a well. Thanks for the great advice. I will be calling about this problem right away. Have a great day.
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• India
15 Feb 08
boilthe water befor drinking never use water direct from the tap
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@mkmsam531 (269)
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
The rotten egg smell indicates that there is sulfur in your water. Make sure not to drink that water. Have your water analyzed to see what contaminated your water. Coordinate with your landlord for the expenses. Check also with your neigbors and your local government.
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
15 Feb 08
Sulfur for sure. Small amounts of sulfur won't hurt you. It's just unpleasant to smell.
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@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
Oh be careful with water borne diseases that you can get from water. If you dont mind me sharing this to you since you are having with water safety I recommend you t6o have water purifier for that to filter all the oxins you have in your water. I sell water filters. I hope you contact me for that. Take care!
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• Canada
15 Feb 08
Hello dayzz25, Sorry to hear you are having these problems. Perhaps you can check your phone book and find the health region numbers. Find out if they can come and take a look at the water problem and bill your landlord. Double-check the landlord-tenant specifics for your municipality, but most places hold the landlord responsible for these kinds of issues. Municiple/county organizations might like to know about what's happening at your location, in case there is a bacterial or other environmental problem that might be also affecting your neighbors' water! Calling and making a few phone calls could be the best thing you can do for yourself, your landlord and your neighbors! I am not satisfied with the suggestion of 'sulphur,' because it sounds like you have described the situation as if this 'sulphur-like' smell is a new thing. If your water quality and smell have changed, please be pro-active and don't wait for your landlord to assume responsibility. Even if it IS sulphur, obviously the level of sulphur is causing annoyance, inconvenience and troubles at this time.
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
14 Feb 08
Ok dayzz, I am not an expert but you said that it has been smelling like rotten eggs lately, like it didn't before. I know everyone is saying sulfur, but I encourage you to try to get a sample of it checked out if you can.. The reason is, we went to this church for years and I would rather go thirsty than to drink their water and my husband kept saying the same thing, sulfur..( and if you knew me, I drink lots of water, so of course I had to had to bring my own, which was a hassle). Until this guy started coming to our church and he said there was bacteria growth in the water and they took care of it. Don't know what they did, but I hear it doesn't taste bad anymore.
@BlackBay (584)
• Canada
14 Feb 08
The rotten egg smell is Sulfur in the water and this sometimes can happen in the winter with a drop in water levels and sometimes clears up in the Spring but NOt ALWAYS, SORRY to say. I would not drink the water but washing in it is ok but you will have the odour. I would take a water sample and have it tested, I would have the landlord put a filter system on the water line to help cut the smell. I would make sure the Landlord provides safe drinking water, if not don't pay the rent until its fixed it is your right to do so.
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• Canada
14 Feb 08
This has never happened before? What I think, and I'm no expert, is that something's going on with the town water lines. Find out if any of your neighbours are having the same problem. If they're not, then it's not the town line, but something on your property.
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@julyteen (13265)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Feb 08
bring this matter to the highest authority maybe they can help...send a sample for testing so that the people will know the content of your water source.
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@julyteen (13265)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Feb 08
maybe it came from the wrong source...some country experience like what you have...their water is contaminated with different impurities.
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• Canada
15 Feb 08
I am new here and not sure yet how to read your other resonses to this so not sure if you have already been told this fact. But, I also live in the country and have well water. We have a high sulfur content in this land, therefore the water table.....that is what causes the smell like rotten eggs.....Sulfur. It is harmless to you, in fact it is actually good for you. There is nothing your landlord can do except spend $1,500 - $3,000 on a water filtration system. He is not required to do that since it is not a health concern. We drink spring water from a local spring that comes out of the ground. In fact, we are lucky to live only 15 mins from it and it is the purest water in the world. Since so many people were stopping along the side of the road to collect the water, the township installed a driveway and small parking area and installed a pipe for the surplus water to drain into the ditch. As well, the pipe has been situated in such a way as to make it easy to collect the water in jugs. This particular aquafer is actually in jeopardy since the County wants to put a landfill over top of the source of the aquafer that feeds the spring we all love to drink from. People come from hours away to get this water. It is a crying shame that the County has been fighting the residents for 21 years over this. The proposed dumpsite has water bubbling out of the ground in several locations. It is just pathetic that the gov't officials wish to pursue with more landfill when recycling and hydro-producing incineration is obviously the way to go.
@snowy22315 (32719)
• United States
26 May 08
I don't know I'm curious about that. i have a well but havent had any problems with it. I hope I dont cuz I dont want to spend any money on it.
@player143 (879)
• India
22 Feb 08
U should use chlorine to make water in the well devoid of microrganisms.u should also filter ur drinking water.
@bfarrier1 (2083)
• United States
16 Feb 08
Dont drink the water there is something diffently wrong with it and your landlord should figure out what a rotten egg smell is a bacteria of some kind and pouing stuff down the drain won't help he needs to have your well checked, call your local health department and ask them what can be done, if you have nieghbors maybe see if they are having a similair problem. Have a great day!