When filling a glass of water from the tap, homeowners naturally expect it to come out clear. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes the water has a cloudy, milky, or murky appearance, leaving homeowners to wonder if there is a problem with their tap water and how to address it.
Cloudy water could be a temporary water pressurization issue in your city water distribution system, or it could be an increase in turbidity, a more severe problem indicating possible presence of suspended solids, bacteria, or other pathogens in the water that can cause sickness.
What Causes Cloudy Water?
Most of the time, cloudy water is the result of your city water utility performing routine maintenance or repair affecting your water line. When water valves are opened and closed to complete the work, more air gets into the system. It causes the tap water to come out cloudy but quickly returns clear when the air settles. Once the air is flushed from the pipes, the water will come out clear again.
If the water remains cloudy or is murky, it may be due to turbid water. Turbidity is the measure of transparency in the water. When the turbidity is high, water will have a cloudy, murky, or even muddy appearance. An increase in turbidity is often caused by intense rainstorms increasing the amount of sediment in reservoirs, wells, and other water collection sources. City water systems typically use aluminium sulfate or a cationic polymer to lower turbidity.
Is cloudy water safe to drink?
Drinking cloudy water that looks milky has no known health risks, but it may have an unpleasant taste. On the other hand, if the water is murky or dark, it may contain bacteria or pathogens. It can cause diarrhea, cramps, and nausea. It is recommended to boil turbid water for three minutes before drinking. Avoid using ice or bathing.
What to do when your tap water is cloudy?
We have solutions for cloudy water. If you have cloudy or murky water, contact us. Our professional, trained water specialists will diagnose the cause of your specific water quality issues and recommend the appropriate treatment, so your family can enjoy clean, clear, and healthy water.
Solutions for cloudy water
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