Sometimes you’ll notice the water that comes out of your pipes looks a little cloudy and milky, rather than totally clear. This is especially noticeable when you fill up a glass with tap water from the kitchen sink.

If you’re in the common practice of drinking town water from the kitchen tap, you might be wondering just how clean it actually is, and is it really that safe to drink in the first place?

How clean your drinking water is may depend on what region of Australia you live in, but generally speaking, town water in most parts of the country is safe to drink. Having said that, town water can go through various stages and broken water mains and busted pipes do occur, which can lead to contamination of the water. Sink Water Cloudy

Here are some things to look out for.

Water Appears Murky Or Cloudy

As above, this could simply be due to fine bubbles in the water, which will clear after standing for a while in a drinking glass. If the water doesn’t clear up, it could be an indication of calcium buildup in the water or some other form of contaminant. If this is the case, refrain from drinking the water until the problem clears up.

Muddy Water

Chances are, there is a break in a water pipe somewhere nearby, allowing dirt to infiltrate the town water system. You’ll either want to contact your local council about the problem or call in a plumber for further investigation. Never drink water that appears muddy as you don’t know what’s causing the issue.

What Are the Causes Of Cloudy Water?

One common cause of water that appears to be cloudy is when the water is full of tiny air bubbles. This could be a result of excessive pressure build-up in the water pipes, or it could be due to a filtration system or device attached to the head of the tap itself. That tiny slice of mesh that covers many tap openings creates miniature air bubbles that can make water appear cloudy until the bubbles dissipate. To determine if it’s nothing more than air bubbles, let the glass of water sit for a few minutes and see if the water goes clear.

Other causes could be a build-up of lime or calcium in the water pipes, or there has been some trouble with the town’s water system somewhere along the line and the water supply has become contaminated. If the water appears brown, then this is most definitely the likely cause.

Try running all the taps in your household for a few minutes to see if it clears up. You might want to consider installing some type of water filtration system or water purifier in the kitchen. This way, you can be assured of safe and clean drinking water.


If you’re unsure about the quality of your drinking water, have your plumber perform an inspection and offer possible solutions. One solution might be to install water filtration systems in your home.

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