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Why Does My Drinking Water Smell Bad? May 1, 2019

Wappinger, Dutchess
Why Does My Drinking Water Smell Bad?, Wappinger, New York

You may not stop to think about your home’s drinking water until you notice that something is off. You might get worried if you discover a smell similar to eggs coming from your water, but understanding what causes and how you can address it can give you peace of mind. Here are some of the reasons why your water might smell odd.

Why The Water In Your Home Smells Like Eggs

If you notice a strange egg-like smell coming from your home’s drinking water, there are likely one of two problems, but both indicate the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas. If you only smell it in hot water, there might be bacteria in your water heater, or the magnesium anode is creating a reaction that turns sulfate to hydrogen sulfide gas.

Drinking WaterWhen the smell is present even in cold water, the water softener that treats your water could be damaged. It could also indicate a problem with your well system or groundwater, which could have overly high levels of hydrogen sulfide, sulfate, sulfur, or iron bacteria.

How to Treat Drinking Water with an Odor

Water that smells won’t bring you any health problems, but you don’t have to live with it. Adding small amounts of chlorine to your water system can remove the hydrogen sulfide and eliminate the foul odor. You can also aerate the system, since oxygen makes hydrogen sulfide odorless.

If the smell persists, installing carbon filters to your system can absorb the sulfur particles and help eliminate the smell, though they require routine replacement.


To remove unpleasant odors from your drinking water, contact the professionals at The Water Source in the Hudson Valley, NY. For over 30 years, they’ve specialized in water purification, water treatment, and the installation of water filtration systems to keep your water clean and refreshing. Visit them online to learn about other common water issues, or call (845) 297-1600 to schedule a free water analysis for your home.

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