An effective water treatment method for removing sulfur is using an automatic chlorinator to add bleach and then use a filter or settling tank to remove the insoluble solids that form. This method treats water containing medium-to-high levels of hydrogen sulfide.
The sulfur smell in water can indicate several different problems. When deciding the best approach to remove hydrogen sulfide, the gas that dissolves in water to give it the sulfur odor and smell, it is best to have the water tested at the site. The gas rapidly escapes from the water once it leaves the well. If the sulfur odor is due to bacteria in the water, the well may require special treatment to make it safe for drinking.