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sulphur smelling well water

hi, hoping someone with knowledge of well water (i have always had town water) could help.    I am currently looking for a new house---and several i have seen with well/septic have very potent sulphur odor. One house in particular had such a powerfull odor it filled the first level when the kitchen faucet was run for a minute.   The house is currently unoccupied---could the powerfull smell be because there hasnt been anyone in the house to run the water regularly?    If the water always smells like this, is there a way to get rid of the odor through some sort of water softener/filter?    If so how expensive would such a thing likely cost? A friend mentioned having to dig another well---which seems like a very expensive option which would not guarentee the water would be any less.....odorous.
    Thanks in advance for any advice/imput.
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I believe that a filtration system will take care of the odor but  my first call would be to the well company who's name is on the holding tank before calling in a filtration company for advice. You wouldn't want to be talked into a pricey expensive system if there is a quicker, less expensive fix.  
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March 08 2011
I have had two homes with wells in them. One in the Mojave desert, which was sweet and clean, and deep, and one in Aloha, Oregon which always smelled like rotten eggs. It just depends upon the well itself and can't be changed, other than as was mentioned above, try filters.
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March 07 2011
Ask a professional like www.waterproinc.com here in Va. for their suggestions. Many water companies will gladly come out and take a free sample to decipher what will be needed to correct the smell.
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February 12 2011
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Some areas of New York (and other states) have large sulfur deposits underground. Even in King George the water has that smell. It is not dangerous except for your nose.

If this bothers you (it would me also) forget about drilling another well. Look into water filters instead. There will be a cost for filters but the smell will be gone. Actually, the water does not taste that bad IF you can drink it before the smell hits your nose. Years ago I was there and the water from a cooler smelled me away before it lost its cold. It is just a fact of geography.

The house being vacant just might cause the smell to be stronger. But sulfur water stinks even when run often.
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January 31 2011
In Washington the well needs to meet specific health department tests.  Talk to the local health department for solutions to the issue.
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