It doesn't matter if you have corporation water or well water, turning on the tap only to be greeted by a strong, foul-smelling odor can be alarming for all homeowners. Your initial
reaction may be to think your water supply has been contaminated, but there are
a multitude of reasons why your household water may suddenly possess a pungent
Although bacterial activity is often the cause of stinky water, this is not the only reason water may smell and taste off. Chemical reactions, elevated traces of minerals, and decaying organic material can all cause changes in your water. Below we take a look at some of the most common water smells, what causes them, and how to rid your water of unwanted odors for good.
If there's a rotten egg smell coming from your tap, the most common factor is sulfur bacteria that have found its way into your water supply. The unpleasant smell usually comes from a lack of oxygen in a well, which produces hydrogen sulfide gas. It can also occur as a result of sulfur-containing chemical
reactions in the groundwater.