Cloudy water in your tap system could simply be caused by dissolved air in the water. To determine if this is the case, fill a glass of water, set it on the counter, and observe the water for 2 or 3 minutes. If the color is caused by air, the water will begin to clear up at the bottom of the glass first before gradually clearing all the way to the top. Otherwise, white colored water may indicate a concentration of dissolved or suspended solids, known as turbidity.
What is it?
Turbidity refers to the level of cloudiness or haziness in a liquid caused by high levels of TDS. TDS (Total dissolved solids) is the measure of the combined content of all organic and inorganic substances in water.
Sources of Contamination
While some turbidity is natural, it can also be caused by land disturbances such as storms, construction, or urban runoff.
The higher the level of turbidity in drinking water, the higher the risk of people developing gastrointestinal diseases. Contaminants like bacteria or viruses can attach to the suspended solids in water, which is a major concern for people with compromised immune systems.
Suspended solids in water interfere with chlorine disinfection and UV light disinfection because the particulates act as shields for the bacteria and virus.
TreatmentTurbidity can be removed by installing a water softener.