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Old 10-21-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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Sulfur smell coming from drinking water only


I have a drinking water faucet, the line to it bypasses the softener. There are 2 filters in the line. I have a strong sulfur smell that only comes from the drinking water system. I had my non-drinking water tested, and there was nothing abnormal. (I know, I should have had the drinking water tested, long story.)

What I'm wondering is, should I do a chlorine shock treatment on my entire water supply? Or is that overkill? Could there be something else that is causing the smell ONLY in my drinking water?
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Hot water heater will cause a sulphur smell also. But only in the hot water, not cold
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If the odour contamination is caused by hydrogen sulfide, which is bacterial, a chlorine shock will reduce/eliminate the smell but only temporarily because the contamination is present in the water table. Water softeners can reduce it to below detectable levels but you run the risk of shortening the life of the resin bed.

If it is a result of sulfates, which are naturally occurring mineralization, it won't help.

You should probably have your water tested. You may need a reverse osmosis system.
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