Why does my water look dirty or cloudy?

At times it is necessary for the City to flush the water system, which may cause a disturbance of mineral build-up created within the water mains over time. As disturbance occurs, these minerals temporarily cloud the water, making it look dirty. The water is still safe to drink, but it can be a bit unsightly. To resolve, simply run your tap water until the color goes away.

Cloudy water can also indication that air has entered the water lines and is no more than highly oxygenated water (lots of tiny bubbles). It will settle rapidly and is quite safe to drink. If you have any questions call the City of Farmington Laboratory at 505-325-6953.

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1. How do I report a water or sewer issue?
2. I don't have a shut-off valve anywhere after the meter-can. Am I allowed to go into the meter-can to shut off my water immediately?
3. What would happen if a plumber goes into my meter-can without prior authorization?
4. I've noticed the water pressure in my house has decreased over the years, Why?
5. Why does my water look dirty or cloudy?
6. I have a water softener in my home. How much water hardness does my water softener need to be set at?
7. What portion of my water and sewer service lines is my responsibility?
8. Does my insurance company cover my service line repairs/replacements?
9. Can my water & sewer service lines cross my property line into the neighboring property and be shared?
10. Where can I get information on Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)?
11. Who do I contact for new water and sewer services?