On rare occasions tap water may become discoloured, appear cloudy, or appear to have very small particles in it.
Discolouration can range from a light straw yellow colour to dark brown. It can be caused by a number of things including:
In most cases discoloured water is not harmful and can be cleared by running the first incoming cold water tap (usually in the kitchen) at a trickle until it clears.
Very occasionally water suppliers receive calls about "tiny particles" or "bits" in their tap water. This can be caused by:
For more information, please contact your water supplier.
Please note: If your water is blue, pink, green or any other colour not described above, please do not drink the water or use it for cooking purposes until you have sought advice from your water supplier.