Testing to Diagnose a Problem

Well Water Program

Test to diagnose a problem with taste, odor, or staining.

Smells like eggs, onions, or similar odor

Probably hydrogen sulfide, one of two common types of sulfur that commonly does not pose health risks.

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Orange, brown, or black stains

Probably iron or manganese.

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White chalky spots on dishes and plumbing fixtures

Sounds like hard water. The spots are calcium and magnesium.

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More information on testing and treatment

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