Why does my water smell like sulfur or rotten eggs?

A sulfurous odor or "rotten-egg" smell is commonly caused by the breakdown of sulfate in your hot water heater. Regular flushing of your hot water heater will eliminate this problem. Clogged/dirty drains are another cause of odor problems.

To determine if this is the problem, fill a clean glass with the water, walk away from the sink, and smell the water in the glass. If you do not notice an odor in the water in the glass, the drain may be the problem. To correct this problem, clear the drain of any debris or other substances that may cause an odor.

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1. How is the water checked for quality and how can I find out about the quality of the water?
2. Where can I have my water tested?
3. Why does my water smell like sulfur or rotten eggs?
4. Why does my water look cloudy or discolored?
5. What is the orange or pink coating on my faucets and showerheads?
6. Why does my hot water have white particles in it?
7. I'm on a sodium-restricted diet. Is Chesapeake water safe to drink?
8. My water is coming out in a slow trickle. What is happening?