Howdy! We've got a an old water softener, approx. 10 yrs old, to remove undesirables and clean our water from it's nasty brackish state around where we live, in a wetlands area on the Delaware River. We just replaced the water heater (electric) a year ago but within the past 6 months the water has gotten progressively funkier; smells heavily of eggs and chemicals and feels oily - I don't drink it anymore. I've flushed out the water heater several times and this seems to help for a while, but the nasty water inevitably returns. The last time I flushed the water heater, I noticed a white silt-like deposit forming on the ground at the end of the hose; little white granules. I'm guessing this is debris coming from the water softener and if so, the cathodes in the water heater are probably burnt out and corroded from salt, thus the horrible smelling water. What are possible solutions? Should we just suck it up and buy a new water softener (and new cathodes)? Thanks for your time!