Why does my water look cloudy or discolored?

Cloudy water may be due to tiny air bubbles suspended in your cold water. Fill a clear glass with water and set it aside for a few minutes. Bubbles will rise to the top and the water will clear up.

Discolored water can also occur when there is a change of pressure in the water system such as a main break, construction, or use of a fire hydrant. Sediment (minerals deposited on the inside of the pipe) will be loosened from the sides of the pipe and cause the water to look reddish or brown. When your water is discolored, we recommend that you avoid washing clothes or dishes until the sediment settles - usually in about two hours. If the water is still discolored after that time, contact the water quality laboratory at 757-382-3550.

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1. How is the water checked for quality and how can I find out about the quality of the water?
2. Where can I have my water tested?
3. Why does my water smell like sulfur or rotten eggs?
4. Why does my water look cloudy or discolored?
5. What is the orange or pink coating on my faucets and showerheads?
6. Why does my hot water have white particles in it?
7. I'm on a sodium-restricted diet. Is Chesapeake water safe to drink?
8. My water is coming out in a slow trickle. What is happening?