Hydrogen Sulfide in Water

Hydrogen sulfide


Source of Hydrogen sulfide: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a colorless gas with a “rotten egg” smell. It is sometimes called sewer gas or sulfur water. Certain bacteria decompose organic matter and release hydrogen sulfide gas into groundwater. Wells contaminated with manure or human waste can also have H2S problems. Turning the water heater thermostat too low allows bacteria to grow inside the tank and produce the smelly gas.


Effects of Hydrogen sulfide: Hydrogen sulfide can give water a bitter taste and offensive odor. High hydrogen sulfide levels may also corrode plumbing, washing machines and ruin laundry.


How to Remove Hydrogen sulfide: A WECO reverse osmosis filtration system will remove hydrogen sulfide along with taste and odor-causing chemicals like chlorine and hydrogen sulfide and heavy metals including lead and arsenic. For whole house and commercial (Point Of Entry) applications a WECO backwashing filter with Katalox Light media is recommended.