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Why Is My Well Water Cloudy?

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You might have experienced cloudy well water a few times. But what causes cloudy well water? You might wonder. Read on to discover four causes of cloudy well water.

1. Air Bubbles

Air bubbles in water emanate from a decrease in water temperature or an increase in water pressure. Pressurized water creates air bubbles that appear cloudy in your water taps. This is common if you had recent plumbing or water well drilling since air could get trapped within the system.

Cold water holds more air than warm water. Thus, as cold water travels up to your tap, it warms up and comes out with air bubbles. Air in water is harmless and will disappear when you let it settle for a few minutes.

Cloudy water is also caused by methane if your well's drilling is close to natural gas deposits. The US Department of Interior has regulations on approved methane levels in drinking water. You also get information on how to release it from your well.

2. Rainfall-Runoff Contamination

You can also experience cloudy well water if your location experiences heavy rainfall. Such water is safe for your house, but you should be cautious if a color change accompanies it. Cloudy water may also indicate septic cross-contamination and damaged plumbing.

Rainfall-runoff water can bring different contaminants to your well water system. Therefore, consult with water well drilling experts to choose a location where your well won't get affected by rainfall water runoff.

3. Hard Water

Hard water contains iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium, among other minerals. It causes discoloration in your laundry and dishes because of a buildup of mineral deposits. In addition, hard water may have a steel-iron taste.

A water well drilling company offers filtration systems to filter out extra minerals from groundwater. Another option they can recommend is a chemical pretreatment plant to remove minerals such as manganese and iron. They will also conduct water tests to ensure your water isn't contaminated.

4. Sediments

If you have cloudy water, there is a possibility that your water well has high silt content. You can check this by pouring water into a glass and checking for particles at the bottom. If you see particles, high chances are you have surplus water sedimentation.

The solution to this is consulting with a water well drilling expert. They can adjust your well's depth and replace your filtration systems to get clean, clear water.


Whereas most haziness in cloudy water is harmless, sometimes it poses health risks that you must address. You can remove air bubbles and sedimentation using appropriate filtration systems. If you are considering getting a residential water well, go for a water well drilling expert as they will consider all the factors highlighted above.