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Well, not sure where to try and post this, but I'm vexed, and thought there might be some here who have experience in this area.

So, my water stinks at the kitchen sink. a bit like grey water, or the sulfur rotten egg sort of thing.

I just started noticing it, and it usually goes away after, say, doing about a 2 person dinner worth of dishes. We were just gone for the Thanksgiving holiday (only for 4 days) and when I smelled it after coming home, I thought it was just from non-use (though even that seems odd) Now, today, after being gone for the day, I noticed it again. (perhaps when we're here, regular constant - though frugal - use keeps it at bay).

we have a deep well (340 feet) and a 5000 gal holding tank - so I only run the pump about every 6 weeks to top it off. If I go extra long between pumping, I used to notice a bit of that sulfur smell, but it usually 'melts' off pretty quickly, even the same day, at the tank.

we have an 'open' radiant tube heating system that has the same sink/shower water running through the whole thing, the floor and the rest of the plumbing. That's all PEX, and the rest of the plumbing, minus the fixtures, is all PEX and PVC. None of the PVC is above ground or exposed to the air, and all the PEX that is above ground is insulated with that typical foam-pipe insulation. (so there's no algae growth from sunlight hitting it).

I am in the process of setting up a water cachement system for my domestic water usage, but that's probably 5 months off. That will give me other challenges, but in the meantime, I need to figure out if I'm getting something in my water that shouldn't be there!

any ideas?
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