Cloudy or Discolored Water

The City of Boulder provides quality water that is filtered before coming out of the taps, faucets and water fountains.

 On occasion, Boulder or the University will repair or flush the pipes. This can cause oxygen to build up in the water, which creates air bubbles. These tiny air bubbles can make the water look cloudy. If you notice that your water is cloudy, fill a glass and let it sit for a few minutes. The air bubbles will dissipate quickly, and the water will return to normal.

Please be aware that this is normal and harmful elements are filtered out before coming out of the faucets.

If you notice that your water has a brown tint or looks muddy, please try running the faucet for a few minutes to see if the water becomes clear. If the water does not clear after letting it run, please submit a Fix It! request and our technicians will investigate. Usually the brown color is caused from sediment or minerals that have built up in the pipes, but it is not a health concern. 


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