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Will's Windmill column: Why water in private wells can smell bad

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If you have a private well and the water smells musty or like "rotten eggs," you may have a bacteria problem. The bacteria that cause this smell live in the soil or aquifer. They do not pose a health risk. However, once they are introduced to a well, they may multiply rapidly and cause odor problems.

Sometimes odor-producing bacteria are indicators that disease-causing bacteria are also present. This is especially true if there has been a sudden change in your water quality.

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