The highly unpleasant rotten-egg, sewage, or sulfur smell/taste is most commonly caused by the presence of hydrogen sulfide in well water. When organic materials containing sulfates are dissolved into a gas by sulfate-reducing bacteria, the result is rotten egg taste and odor. Hydrogen sulfide gas, though not usually a health risk at household water levels, is still a nuisance that can leave the unpleasant odor in one’s hair, skin, and clothes, and alter the taste of coffee, tea, and cooked foods.
Determining the source is the first step in treating for taste and odor problems in your water supply. For health-related issues, your water should be tested for total coliform and e-Coli. See our services for more information on our in-home testing service or contact us to schedule a test right away.
Present in Hot Water Only
Sulfur bacteria may be present in your water heater. Chlorinating your heater can help but in some instances the heater’s anode rod is turning sulfates to hydrogen sulfide gas and must be replaced.
Present in Hot and Cold Water
Sulfur bacteria may be present in your well. Shocking your well with chlorine or hydrogen peroxide can be effective to clear the entire house but only as a temporary remedy if bacteria is present in the groundwater.
Though not the most practical solution, shocking your well with chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide can be effective. However, this will only be a 1-2 month temporary remedy as sulfur bacteria in the ground water will grows back.
Iron bacteria in water may also cause a sulfur-like taste/odor. This is why we like recommending a Water Softener system as your first treatment method to removing tastes and odors for your common house water usage.
Clean Stream Water’s uniquely designed Centaur Carbon systems have consistently proven to be our most effective treatment for rotten egg taste/odor in homes, commercial, and agricultural applications for over 30 years. See below for more information.
Clean Stream Water’s uniquely designed distillers and RO systems consistently removed 99% or more contaminants proving them to be the ideal treatment for rotten egg taste/odor reduction for over 30 years.
Centaur Carbon System
For Whole House Water Treatment
As sulfur water flows into the tank, controlled via the electronic top valve, it comes into contact with an air pocket that allows for aerated oxidation in order to improve the filtration process.
As it moves through the tank, Catalytic carbon, a highly absorbing media, extracts tastes, odors, and potential harmful chemicals from the water, exchanging it for fresh, odorless, and tasteless water to your faucets.
At a programmed time, air is injected to clean/regenerate the Catalytic carbon and water is used to backwash the sulfur into the drain completing its cycle.
A Centaur Carbon system is installed at your water’s point of entry into the house so that all water that flows afterward is treated, that includes your water heater.
Our systems are fully automatic, requiring no maintenance, producing continuous fresh water for up to 20 years.
Reverse Osmosis System
For Drinking Water Treatment
Step 1. Water enters an inline pre-filter which is aimed to reduce sediment particles and chlorine.
Step 2. It is then forced through the RO’s semipermeable membrane, separating nitrates, lead, and other dissolved solids to a sub micron level. Impurities that stay behind and are flushed out to the drain as fresh water exits the RO membrane.
Step 3. Water is then processed through a post-carbon filter, designed to improve taste and odor.
Step 4. Because RO systems produce pure water at 24 gal/day, a 4 gal. water storage tank is installed for on demand use.
Step 5. If well water is the main supply, then a small UV light is lastly installed for water to be disinfected before dispensed out to a dedicated kitchen faucet.
Maintenance requires changing the filters and UV bulb every year and every 5 years for the RO membrane.
For Drinking Water Treatment
A distiller replicates the natural Hydrologic Cycle of evaporation and precipitation inside the appliance.
Step 1. Water enters the boiling tank where a heating element boils the contaminated water into a steam, leaving impurities behind to be washed down the drain.
Step 2. As steam rises, it passes into the condensing coil where a fan cools the steam, converting it back to pure water.
Step 3. Water is then stored in a lower compartment that can hold up to 5 gallons. (storage capacity can be increased)
Step 4. Through the aid of a pump, water can then be dispensed through a dedicated faucet or routed to a refrigerator/icemaker.
Maintenance requires turning on the sterilizer setting to allow steam to disinfect the storage tank periodically.
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