Why does water become discolored?

Sweetwater Authority takes pride in consistently delivering water that not only meets, but exceeds federal and state water quality standards. Occasionally, however, certain occurrences within the Authority’s water sources or distribution system can affect water color, taste and odor.

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1. Why does water become discolored?
2. Is discolored water safe to drink and use?
3. What should I do about brown or yellow water?
4. What if the water looks milky or cloudy?
5. Why does my water taste or smell "funny"?
6. What odors could signal a threat to my health?