Gasoline, Turpentine, Petroleum, Fuel-like or Solvent-like Odor
These odor problems are rare, but potentially very serious. Fuel-like or solvent-like odors may be caused by a leaking fuel tank or underground fuel storage near your well, discharge from factories or landfills contaminating the water supply, or run-off from agriculture contaminating the water supply. If you notice these odors in your water, stop using the water immediately until it can be treated by a water quality professional. In the meantime, use bottled water for drinking and food purposes.
Before treatment can begin, you will need to find and eliminate the source of seepage. It is also recommended that you report the problem to your county health department. If you are on a public water supply, you should contact your water supply authority and county health department immediately. Depending on the type and source of the contaminant, a high quality, solid block activated carbon filter may take care of the problem; or you may need to use a bed of carbon media versus the smaller cartridge-type filters. It is necessary to consult a water quality professional for the treatment of these hazardous contaminants.