Of all the threats to well water quality, sulfur contamination is one of the most common and unpleasant.

While the levels of sulfur found in most wells aren’t considered dangerous, it can be disappointing to reach for a refreshing drink, only to receive a glass of something with an off-putting rotten egg odor and taste.

Disgusted woman drinking water with bad taste

Thankfully, there are filtration solutions available that can effectively rid your well supply of sulfides.

(If you’re looking for a sulfur-ready well water system, head to our rankings of The Best Whole House Water Filters for Well Water.)

How to reduce sulfur and other smells in well water

When it comes to reducing sulfur levels in well water, there are several filter types to choose from. 

Selecting the right filtration strategy depends upon knowing what other aesthetic contaminants may be lurking in your water supply. An aesthetic contaminant is a substance that primarily affects the taste, smell, or appearance of water, but is unlikely to present a health risk.

Three common and effective kinds of filter for sulfides and other aesthetic contaminants are:

  • Oxidizing media filters
  • Carbon block filters, and
  • Chemical disinfectants