Rotten Egg Smelling Water?

I just rented a home in the country in Florida. The water smells so bad and if you get it in your mouth you just gag it tastes so bad. My landlord says the water is what it is. I've never been around sulfur water that was this bad. And when I look in my water softener the top has brown bubbles kinda foamy laying on top of the water, is this normal? Should something be done? Is this healthy?

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful
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It could be the reaction of the water with aluminum in the water heater. The article I read said as a temporary fix you can drain the water heater partially and put some peroxide in. For a permanent solution, it is recommended to replace the anodes in the heater.

Here is the article:www.waterheaterrescue.com/.../stinky-water-in-hot-water-heaters...

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful
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You probably signed a lease for your rental so it appears you will have to find a quick, inexpensive way to live with this problem (unless you can prove it is unsafe as is) so, for an immediate solution, at least for drinking water, I would suggest buying a filtering system that can easily be installed under your sink (no paid installation required).

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There are so many of these systems available in stores and on-line that it may take some research to find the best one for your problem. I would suggest for you to check some out at stores like Sears, Lowe's, Walmart, Home Depot, Target, and many others so you can really look at the item and also read what it will do (or not do). Since sulfur and iron seem to be your biggest problem, choosing a system that filters these will narrow your search considerably. Pick out a system you like (prices will range from $50 -6,000) that fits your budget and need and then you can research to see if it is available at a better price. I will tell you this, from experience in Florida, you will see a big change in drinking water but your bath and clothes will still need help.
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Here is one example of the type of filter I am talking about.

www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1502804750... (Affiliate Link)

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The rotten egg smell is common with well water not only in Florida but all over the US. Your water seems to be particularly bad. There are some things that can be done but many of them would require more knowledge about this problem than the average home owner/renter would have.
i believe the first step would be to have your water checked so you know exactly what you are dealing with. There are private labs that do this but you can contact your local health department for information or you can take a sample to Sears store and ask them to test it. There will be a charge but it will be quick.

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You mentioned a water softener having brown bubbles and this could be a reaction or there may be rust particles present. Was the softener with the property (and is well saturated with this water) or did you purchase the softener? It takes a special type of water softener filtering system to take care of this type of water and if this is an old unit it may not be working properly or may need to be flushed and even need parts replaced (according to the type of system). Sears will also send someone out to check your water softener but there may be a charge (unless you buy a new system) so check on that first.
Most likely all of your clothes will soon have spots and yellowing from this water. Although it is said that none of this is dangerous to drink it is not easy to live with.
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here is a link to the Florida Department information and there are links on the last page to call for water testing. It is a long article (printable) but most of it will pertain to your situation. You may be able to acquire enough information to be able to make your landlord make some changes.

www.floridahealth.gov/.../well-water-facts-odor-staining.pdf

www.waterheaterrescue.com/.../stinky-water-in-hot-water-heaters...

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Sounds like a chemical reaction going on along with the sulpher in the water. I'd suggest getting the water analyzed to know what is going on so you might know how best to deal with it. Most places have an agricultural extension agency/office where you can get it tested.

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You may also want to check the softener tank for erosion which may be cause for the brown bubbles. You may want to consider other water filtration/ treatment options, the best being something that you can take with you in the event that you move again, considering that you are renting right now.

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