My water is discolored. Why is it brownish in color? Why is it whitish color?

Brownish Tint

A brownish tint in your water could be caused by several things but is normally attributed to iron in the water. This normally comes from the piping within the building as from old galvanized lines.

White / Milky Color

A white or milky color in the water would normally be caused by a release of oxygen in the water after it is drawn from the faucet. To determine this, draw a glass of water and let it sit for a few minutes. Watch to see if the color slowly disappears from the bottom to the top.

Contact Information

Should you have any problems associated with color, please call Public Works at 208-746-1316. We will be glad to investigate any problem and attempt to determine a solution.

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1. How do I know that the water is safe to drink?
2. My water is discolored. Why is it brownish in color? Why is it whitish color?
3. My water pressure has dropped off and seems to fluctuate. What could this be?
4. How can I save water?
5. What is the hardness of the water?
6. Where do we obtain our water? How much is produced daily? Do we have any reserves?
7. Will the City test my water for bacteria, chemicals, or other materials?