Why is my tap water cloudy?
Have you recently noticed a change in the colour of your water? Does it look discoloured, white or cloudy? Don’t panic! There’s a perfectly good explanation. Cloudy tap water is a common occurrence that many people experience around the world. It actually has nothing to do with the quality of your water, and more to do with changes in your pipes that can affect the water. Whilst it may look strange or off-putting, there is no real danger to you. You can actually continue to drink the water without issue. Get some advice from a local plumber on the Mornington Peninsula, as we discuss why tap water can turn cloudy, and what you can do to fix the problem.
What causes cloudy tap water?
Discoloured or cloudy water is generally due to a change within your water pipes. A rapid increase in the rate or direction of the water flow is usually the culprit. This could happen for a number of reasons. The water pressure within the pipes could suddenly change. This causes it to flow faster and potentially change the direction of the flow. This can then cause the water to stir up sediment in the pipes, leaving it suspended in the water. Eventually it will slow down and settles to the bottom once again. The sediment will give the water a cloudy appearance, however it is still completely safe to drink. This sediment is comprised of small amounts of rust and minerals which collect in the pipes. Whilst it may sound off-putting, water that contains sediment is totally harmless and drinkable because of how minute the amounts of sediment are.
Spring and summer water usage
Cloudy water can be common in spring and summer time, when water usage increases for most households. The increase in water usage leads to increased water flow through the pipes. This stirs up the sediment that has settled in the pipes over autumn and winter, turning the water cloudy.