Well water is a common source of drinking water, especially in rural areas. While well water is generally safe to drink, its color can indicate underlying issues with your well. Water is colorless in its purest form, so any color changes may mean problems.
This blog post will explore what different well water colors may be telling you.
1. Clear Water
Clear water is the most common and desirable color of well water. Clear water indicates no contaminants or minerals are present in the water. However, just because your water is clear, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drink. Even clear water can contain bacteria or viruses that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It’s always recommended to have your well water tested regularly by a professional.
2. Yellow or Orange Water
Yellow or orange water can indicate high levels of iron or manganese in your well water. These minerals are naturally occurring and can stain your plumbing fixtures, clothes, and appliances. While iron and manganese are not harmful to human health, they can affect the taste and quality of your H2O.
3. Green or Blue Water
Green or blue water can indicate high levels of copper in your well water. Copper can come from corroded pipes and fixtures or natural sources. High levels of copper can cause gastrointestinal upset, headaches, and other health problems. It’s important to have your well water tested to identify the source of contamination.
4. Brown or Black Water
Brown or black water can indicate the presence of organic matter, such as leaves or algae, in your well water. Organic matter can cause a foul odor and taste in your water and even clog your plumbing fixtures. It’s important to have your well cleaned regularly to remove any organic matter buildup.
5. Red Water
Red water can indicate the presence of rust in your well water. Rust can come from corroded pipes or from the well itself. Rust can stain your plumbing fixtures and give your water a metallic taste. It’s important to have your well water tested to identify the source and get to the bottom of the contamination.
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If you notice a strange taste in your water or contaminants, Easterday-Wilson Water Services can help. We treat countless water quality problems and eliminate common water contaminants on a daily basis. Call us at 301-831-5170 for additional information and schedule your free water evaluation today.