Yes, your water is safe to drink. The cloudiness is simply air. Air-bound water is most frequently seen when the water temperature is colder than the ambient air. This effect may be enhanced when an aerator is attached to the faucet’s tap. The presence of air-bound water is not harmful and no action needs to be taken to correct this phenomenon.
This is probably due to rust within your internal plumbing at your residence. We suggest you let the water run for a few minutes, until it clears, before use.
Call the water department at 851-4704 or 851-4747. We will check to see if work is being done in your neighborhood. Often, when a nearby hydrant is being used, or vibration from construction activity is occurring, the flow of water in the main is upset or interrupted. This may cause minerals deposited on the walls of the main, to detach and become suspended in the water.
We suggest that you, and your neighbors, run the water for a time. The greater the water usage in your area, the faster the minerals deposited in your water will clear. If possible, run the water from the cold-water tap closest to your water meter. This may prevent these minerals from traveling to other faucets farther along your water pipes. Once the water clears, it may be necessary to remove, and clean any aerators that are attached to you faucets.
This has nothing to do with water being delivered to your household. This in mildew caused by room temperature, facility usage and lighting. We suggest a chlorine-based bowl cleaner, and more ventilation during showers.
Let’s do a quick test to see what these particles are. Collect some of these particles and place them in a small cup. Slowly and carefully pour a small amount of household vinegar in this cup. If these particles dissolve in the vinegar, they are probably mineral deposits. It is quite natural to see small amounts of minerals coming from your water pipes.
You may have dry skin, or any number of different skin ailments (e.g. eczema), that become irritated when in contact with water. Water does not create these ailments, but the ailments may become worse when it comes in contact with water because instead of hydrating the skin, water may draw moisture away from your skin. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist regarding a remedy.
During the end of summer through fall you may notice a foul taste and odor in your water. This is an after taste do to the presence of algae in Lake Erie. We do remove, filter and disinfect algae in the production of finished water, but often the aftertaste will remain (see Aesthetic Qualities for details). Despite the taste & odor, your water is perfectly safe to consume. We suggest you place a container of water in your refrigerator. The colder the water, the less noticeable the taste.
Tap water contains residual chlorine to keep it disinfected. This residual chlorine is deadly to fish. Before adding tap water to a fish tank it is necessary to dechlorinate the water. This can be achieved by adding a dechlorination agent, available at any pet supply store. You can also collect a quantity of water in an open container, and allow the chlorine to dissipate naturally.
This is a normal smell when using tap water. We add chlorine to water to keep it disinfected. At certain times of the year the chlorine smell is more noticeable. This is especially apparent when the water temperature is warmer than air temperature.