Why does my water sometimes have a cloudy appearance?
During cold weather, a number of customers complain about tiny air bubbles in their tap water which gives it a milky white appearance and a carbonated beverage texture. This phenomenon is normal and poses no danger. It can arise from several causes:

Pressurized water. Water absorbs more air at higher pressures. When this pressurized water experiences a reduction in pressure, such as when it leaves a spigot, it releases air bubbles, resulting in a milky appearance.

Temperature changes. Cold water can hold more air than warm water. When that water warms, air is released. The released air takes the form of small bubbles, which gives the water a milky or carbonated appearance.

Hot water tanks. Water releases air bubbles when it’s heated. When the water heater’s thermostat is set above 140° F, air bubbles will become noticeable, particularly during winter months. It is also noticeable in the first water drawn from a hot water tank after being idle overnight.

Warming cold water lines. When cold water lines in basements, above the ground, or attached to sides of buildings are warmed by internal home heat or exposed to the sun, they can release air bubble

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2. Why does West View Water use chloramine as a disinfectant?
3. How will my drinking water be affected by the switch to chloramine?
4. Are there any precautions for using chloraminated water?
5. Is hexavalent chromium in drinking water harmful?
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