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

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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.