If you have sulfur in your water, it’s hard to ignore, the water will smell like rotten eggs, and this is caused by hydrogen sulfide gas. Sulfide and hydrogen sulfide gas are the two types of sulfur that are most likely to be found in water supplies. In this article, we will look at how sulfur gets into our water and how you can remove it.

How Does Sulfur Get in the Well Water?

Sulfate is a naturally occurring mineral in rock and soil formations that may contain groundwater supplies. Sulfates are a combination of oxygen and sulfur that dissolves gradually, which releases the compound into the groundwater. Hydrogen sulfide may be produced when plant material decays, but it can also occur when sulfates in the water convert into hydrogen sulfide. The conversion is facilitated by a sulfur reducing bacterium that flourished in low oxygen environments, such as deep wells, groundwater, deep wells, and more.

Hydrogen sulfide causes an unpleasant sewage gas odor in the water. The sulfur concentrations can vary and fluctuate depending on the water table depth. Higher concentrations of sulfur may change the taste, odor, and color of the drinking water. Low concentrations do not represent a serious health risk, but they do make the water less palatable, and this makes effective hydration a challenge.

How Do I Remove Sulfur?

There are certain factors that must be taken into consideration before you choose the right sulfur removal method for your home. The concentration of iron and manganese in the water and the state of the sulfur (solid or soluble), and other factors are all important. If you want to remove sulfur, contact your local water treatment for expert help and advice. Let’s take a brief look at five common sulfur removal methods:

  1. Liquid Chlorination: Adding 5-10% chlorine over 6 mg/L using a contact tank and backwash carbon filter can be effective.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide: This can remove sulfur, iron, and manganese from the water, and this is one of the more effective treatments. Hydrogen peroxide is simply a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, and it’s not a hazardous chemical to add to your well water.
  3. Ozone: This is a powerful oxidizer; it’s injected as a pre-treatment to your preferred water filtration systems. An ozone generator must be properly sized, it’s extremely effective, and this is reflected in the higher purchase price.
  4. Backwashing Filters: This is a widely used process. Soluble sulfur is transformed into a solid particle for easier filtration. This system only works with a minimum pH level of 7, and a pH level of 8 will boost the efficacy.
  5. Aeration Removal: Aeration works on the oxidation principle; the hydrogen sulfide and iron levels are reduced to produce water that’s odor free.

In Conclusion

Choosing the right sulfur removal method for your home can present a challenge. There are a number of factors to consider before you make a final choice. If you’re concerned about sulfur or other contaminants in your well water, contact your local water treatment specialist today.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.