Why is my water is cloudy/milky colored?

Cloudy water is almost always caused by air in the water. Water has the ability to dissolve certain gases, including air. When the air comes out of solution, it often forms tiny bubbles, giving the water a cloudy or milky appearance. To see if the color is due to air, fill a clear glass with water and allow it to sit in the counter for several minutes. If the milky color is due to air, the water will begin to clear from the bottom of the glass first and gradually clear to the top. The water is safe to drink.

This situation can occur almost any time, but often happens when there is a significant change in temperature, such as the spring or fall. Air dissolves more easily in cold water than in warmer water. It can also occur when the water has been off for repairs. This condition can last from a few days to several weeks, depending on conditions.

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