Water should be tasteless – but hydrogen sulfide in Minnesota drinking water makes it anything but tasteless. When your water tastes weird – or, just as bad, smells bad – find out the health effects and what other things you need to know from Aquarius Water Conditioning. We can test your drinking water and, if we find a problem, come up with the best solution to help get rid of the problem. Here’s some information on some of the reasons why your water may taste or smell odd. The culprit might be hydrogen sulfide, but it could also be something else.
The Dreaded “Rotten Egg” Odor
Hydrogen sulfide is indeed the culprit when this problem exists. This is a form of gas created by decaying plants. The gas can find its way into groundwater and the water you drink and bathe in. Hydrogen sulfide is also often in wells drilled near oil fields or deposits of coal.
There are other ways hydrogen sulfide can form as well. Bacteria can sometimes convert sulfates found in water to the gas, leading to the smell of rotten eggs. Even worse, it can affect how any beverages or food you make using tap water taste. The smell can stay in your hair after you shower and your clothes after you wash them.
But hydrogen sulfide can pose potential health problems as well. If you’re exposed to it for an extended period, it can lead to the following issues:
- Upset stomach
- Respiratory irritation
These are just a few reasons to contact an Aquarius Water Conditioning professional if you suspect your water is contaminated with hydrogen sulfide. Once we confirm your suspicions with a test, we can show you how to address and eliminate the problem.
Metallic Smell and Taste
If your water has this problem, it contains too much metal, such as zinc, copper, or iron. This can not only affect the taste of your water, but it can also lead to stains on your toilets, sinks, and even your clothing. You probably won’t have any issues when you consume these metals in trace amounts. But when people consume large quantities of them – especially zinc and copper – that can cause problems.
Musty Smell and Taste
This is a common problem when people get their water from a well. It could be due to decaying organic matter, usually algae. Nothing is toxic about this situation, but you could still use a water test to determine what’s happening.
Chlorine Smell or Taste
Do you get a whiff of chlorine or a bleach-like odor when water comes out of your tap or showerhead? Municipal water treatment facilities typically use chlorine to kill potentially dangerous pathogens, such as viruses or bacteria. We can get rid of this substance by installing filtration systems made by Kinetico, the best in the business.
If you would like to know what we can do about hydrogen sulfide in Minnesota drinking water, the potential health effects, or what you need to know, call Aquarius Water Conditioning at 888-741-9025 or contact us online.