WESTERVILLE, Ohio — The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) has developed best suggested practices (BSP) for water well system professionals to use when dealing with problematic concentrations of hydrogen sulfide in residential water well systems, according to a press release.

The “rotten egg” odor sometimes present in well water is often caused by hydrogen sulfide, the release noted.

According to the release, hydrogen sulfide’s corrosive properties can cause well and plumbing components to deteriorate over time, and it can also cause health threats to water well system professionals who are servicing wells that contain hydrogen sulfide in high concentrations or in confined spaces.

The new BSP include health and safety information relating to hydrogen sulfide, guidance on the interaction of hydrogen sulfide with geologic conditions, methodologies for well construction and location, well function considerations, sampling and testing for hydrogen sulfide in groundwater and mitigation of hydrogen sulfide in well water, the release reported.

Visit http://www.ngwa.org/Professional-Resources/bsp/Pages/default.aspx for more information.