Drinking water is an essential part of our lives. And being such a vital element for our overall physical health, it is important to always drink healthy water that is free of harmful contaminants and pollutants. So when you start to notice changes in the quality of your well water, it is important that you act fast before the problem can get worse and do more harm.
One of the first signs of lowered drinking water quality is odor. Clean water should smell like nothing, so if your well water starts to give off a funk, there is certainly something going on that shouldn’t be. A common odor that indicates a water quality issue is pond smell. That’s right; if your tap water smells like a pond, you need to take action fast.
Continue reading to learn what causes this water quality problem, and how you can resolve it quickly.
Bacteria in Drinking Water
Let’s get straight to the point: if your tap water has a pond or algae-like smell, it is likely a result of bacteria in the water, such as sulfur bacteria and iron bacteria. Although these bacteria do not necessarily impact our health, it does make water smell funny, especially in hot weather or in circumstances of sitting water.
So where does this bacteria come from? What harm can it do? How do I get rid of it, safely? These are all common questions that homeowners ask themselves after discovering a bacterial growth problem in their water supply. Fortunately, the issue is easily reversed so long as you identify the culprit accurately, and act fast to implement the proper water treatment methods.
Common Causes of Bacteria in Water
Bacteria is naturally occurring in ground water. Iron bacteria and sulfur bacteria in groundwater rely iron and sulfur to thrive, and chemically change sulfates to produce hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas. If your property’s well was drilled in shale or sandstone, near coal or peat deposits, or in oil fields, it could also be a bigger target for sulfide gas production. Not only is this gas flammable, it can be harmful in large quantities or extended exposure, making it an urgent matter to resolve. And ultimately, it is what’s causing the odor in your well water.
To make matters worse, the presence of H2S in your well water can corrode plumbing pipes, whether they are iron, brass, steel, copper, or some other alloy. As hydrogen sulfide corrodes these metals, it produces a new substance called ferrous sulfide, also known as “black water.” It can also negatively affect water softeners, water heaters, and in-house filtration systems. All of these reactions can lead to costly plumbing repairs, replacements, and even complete overhauls in extreme cases.
Recommended Water Treatments:
✔ A One-Time Shock Chlorination
✔ Disinfecting Oxidants (i.e. Chlorine or Ozone)
✔ Whole-House Water Filtration
✔ Reverse Osmosis
✔ Well Water Iron Filtration
✔ Activated Carbon Filtration
✔ And More
Talk to a Local Water Purification Specialists About Your Options
Call Soft Water Indianapolis by Weilhammer Plumbing at 317-749-0949 for affordable well water filtration services in Central Indiana. We offer a wide range of water purification services for residential and commercial properties, including whole house water filters, reverse osmosis systems, water softening, and more. Call 317-749-0949 to request a free estimate, today.