Published: September 3, 2012

    The Color of Water

    Learn About The Color of Water – Tiny White Bubbles in the Water

    We’re very conscious of water quality these days. Years ago people started buying spring water that was made available in hand held bottles. Then homeowners began purchasing water by the 3 gallon jug and would hoist it onto a standalone cooler. This obsession with water now carries an environmental consciousness that entails abstaining from plastic bottles and taking advantage of the benefits of whole house water filters to appreciate this natural resource in a refined state.

    As water experts, we are often asked questions about water’s appearance, such as why does it sometimes have an almost milky appearance?

    A truth about tap water is that when the temperature outside is cold, water becomes particularly oxygen-rich; cold water holds more oxygen than warm water does. If you get a glass of water from your tap and it appears cloudy, what you are actually seeing is the escape of the oxygen from the water into the atmosphere. The milky look that quickly dissipates is indicating that the air bubbles are rising from the bottom of the glass towards the top as the water returns to its naturally clear appearance.

    There is nothing unsafe about drinking this cloudy water. It is a natural occurrence that happens when lower temperature water is forced through the tap into the warmer temperatures found inside a heated home on a frosty morning.