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Why Is My Water Brown?

August 16, 2022 | Blog

Have you ever turned on the faucet expecting some clean water but all you received was a grimey and discolored stream? Yuck! If you are experiencing poor water quality then we, at Southern Air Mississippi, are here to help.

We will walk you through what may be causing your problems and provide more information on the issue.

Causes Of Water Color Changes


One common way you may see water change colors is from accumulated debris. Dirt and other sediments may begin affecting the color as the water flow is sped up. Although the result can still be alarming and disgusting, this is a cause that is not as severe.

Pipe Material

If your pipes are older and their protective coating is wearing off then this could be your issue. Once the pipes begin to rust the material will enter your water stream. This dissolving residue in your water will begin changing its color.

Local Pollution

When it rains, pollutants from local agricultural or oil operations can be picked up in the stream and carried into your water supply. Once this happens these pollutants can contaminate your water and affect the color that you see.

Is Brown Water Poisonous?

Well, the simple answer is no. However, brown water is not something we would recommend you drink. That smelly and dingy-looking liquid does not have a pleasant taste or effect on your body.

As mentioned earlier, rusted pipes can cause your water to turn brown. In this case, the residue of lead could be in your water. This can lead to lead poisoning.

It’s always best to avoid drinking discolored water at all costs!

Meanings Of Water Color Changes


When algae accumulates in your water system, it can cause your water to appear green. In this case, you will need one of our experienced professionals to diagnose the issue and clear out your system. Also if your pipes are made of copper then it can leave a green tint to the water.


This color is often caused by your local water distribution center. If local repairs are being conducted, a routine flush is being performed or a nearby fire hydrant is malfunctioning, it may affect your watercolor.


If your water has a white appearance, then it’s likely caused by air. Pockets of air trapped in your water can come out of your faucet as bubbles. This can make the water appear white.

This color can also be a sign that there is a high amount of chlorine in your water. Chlorine is used to disinfect water while repairs are conducted.

Southern Air Mississippi is proud to announce we are providing plumbing services in Ball as part of the Southern Air family!

Contact Southern Air Mississippi For Your Plumbing Needs!

Figuring out the cause of your water issues can be a complex issue. Which is why our trained professionals have got you covered! If you are ready to say goodbye to discolored water then give us a call now.

We are Mississippi’s premier plumbing company and specialize in repair. Regardless of what variation of discolored water you are experiencing, make sure it will be back to normal in no time!

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