Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Cloudy Tap Water? DWP Says Chill Out, It's the Weather

tap_water_drip.jpg
Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

The other day, while filling up the Brita pitcher, we noticed that the tap water was an eerie whitish-shade, and didn't know quite what to make of it. The LADWP can explain, though: "What the eye sees as cloudy, even milky, water is actually undissolved air escaping in the form of bubbles." So when the temperature of the water in pipes underground is lower than room temp, the resulting air bubbles make our tap water look cloudy. Is it safe? Yes. What can you do? "Chill out, as they say," chides the DWP. "Fill your glass, let it rest for a minute or two and you will see the bubbles disappear from the bottom up." Customers in the San Fernando Valley will be far more likely to experience this phenom, too, by the way.