Why Is My Water Cloudy?

Last week, we brought up a chilling report indicating that our nation’s tap water may not be as clean and untainted as we’ve come to assume. Turns out, our water supply contains a precariously high level of various drugs, which may or may not have you considering a thirst strike.

Our goal in referencing the report wasn’t to discourage you from drinking tap water, but rather to educate you about 4 simple ways to purify water. Still, many readers may be a little suspicious about their water after reading. So today, we’re going to take a look at one thing that you don’t need to be concerned about: cloudy water.

At some point, you’ve probably turned on your sink, filled up your glass, and blurted to yourself: “why is my water cloudy?” Also known as “white water,” cloudy water often reflects a “milky” hue, which can be quite alarming.

If you’ve ever wondered if cloudy water is safe to drink, don’t worry, it is. While cloudy water may not be visually appealing, it’s perfectly safe. In fact, if you wait a few seconds, the cloudiness will likely disappear.

So, what’s causing your tap water to be cloudy?

Chances are it’s just air bubbles, which are completely harmless. Most cloudy water incidents occur when it’s cold outside. Since cold water holds more air than warm water, the solubility of the air in water increases during winter.

On the water’s journey from the reservoir to your tap, its temperature steadily increases. By the time the water is released from your tap and exposed to room-weather temperature, the cloudiness dissipates and you’re left with nothing but clean and appetizing drinking water.

So rest easy. Your tap water may be far from perfect, but at least cloudy water isn’t cause for concern!