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Viewer concerned about cloudy water wants to know if it's safe to drink

Cloudy water from a faucet on the left, clear bottled water on the right. (Photos courtesy Pauline B.)

Worried about cloudy water coming from the faucet?

Viewer Pauline snapped pics of the cloudy water that came out of her faucet after construction work started in her neighborhood off Zarzamora and Potosi, on San Antonio's west side.

"My concern is since the (sic) started working on the water, it has been cloudy ugly," she wrote in an email. "Would you drink it? Is it safe?"

We reached out to SAWS to ask on Pauline's behalf and a spokeswoman for the utility said it's most likely not the result of construction work. SAWS says the cloudiness could be the result of vibration from the construction work disrupting the natural mineral deposits that already exist in most water lines. San Antonio's water is hard, afterall.

Or, there could be lots of air bubbles in the water, which could also contribute to the cloudiness.

If you've noticed cloudy water coming from your faucets, SAWS suggests letting the water run for several minutes to see if that clears up the issue.

This is the response from SAWS' website:

When water comes out of the faucet looking milky or cloudy, it is because air is being introduced into the water. The internal fixtures in the house should have clean and complete aerators attached. The aerator is the device at the end of the faucet, which collects debris and breaks up air bubbles. Clean and complete aerators will clear the cloudiness in the water. Air-saturated water is not harmful. A way to tell if the problem is just air is to fill a glass with water and leave it to sit for a few minutes. If the water clears from the bottom up, this is air-saturated water. If the water does not clear, call the Groundwater Resource Protection Section.

If you're still wondering what's giving your water that cloudy look, you can search the SAWS website for answers.

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