There are certain odors that can become nauseating, and one of them is the smell of rotten eggs.
Did you know that the rotten egg smell may not only come from bad eggs, but also from your water supply? Not only is it gross, but it can also pose a health risk to you and your family. Certain Water Service says this odor in South Florida wells comes from the Hydrogen Sulfide released when water is exposed to air.
Hydrogen Sulfide in Water: The Rotten Egg Smell
This gas occurs naturally in groundwater. It develops from underground deposits of organic matter in the state of decomposition. Found in wells, this can also breach surface water through springs. When it enters your water supply, it becomes an issue because while it only causes the rancid smell, drinking water contaminated with high levels of concentration can change the taste of the water.
Wells drilled near coal or oil fields usually have hydrogen sulfide present, as well as the ones drilled in sandstone or shale.
While they emit a foul smell, they can also corrode metals, such as iron, copper, brass, and steel, as well as well as tarnish silverware.
Ozone Used as Treatment for Hydrogen Sulfide
Compared to chlorine, using ozone is a more effective disinfectant that rapidly reacts with viruses and bacteria. It also has the ability to reduce the concentrations of iron, sulfur, and manganese in water, as well as eliminate odor and taste. Ozone is suitable for primary disinfection.
It converts sulfides, turning it into solid sulfur. It breaks down the slime produced by the bacteria from sulfur.
Once you start smelling that rotten egg smell in your water supply, it’s time to contact a technician for them to check on it. As aforementioned, while low concentrations can only cause the smell, high levels of concentration may cause illness and nausea.