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Why Does Well Water Change Color? September 17, 2018

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Why Does Well Water Change Color?, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

When you rely on a well for drinking water, it’s important to keep an eye on the water quality. Any change in taste or color could indicate a problem either with your equipment or the water source, which could make it unsafe to drink. Scheduled well inspections are a must, but you should also get an immediate checkup if you notice any of the following colors.

Dark, Brackish Water

This is usually caused by extra sediment in your pump and can often be cleared up by running your water for a few minutes. However, if it persists, a well drilling company should look at your equipment and filters to see if there’s an underlying issue.

Brown, Red, Orange, or Yellow

well inspectionThe culprit behind these color changes is rust from corroded pipes and equipment. Technically, you can still drink this water, but as it usually has a metallic taste, you’ll probably want to replace the pipes which are causing the change.

Green or Blue

If you have copper pipes instead of iron, rust and corrosion take on a greenish or bluish color instead. This color can stain porcelain fixtures, and excess copper is associated with digestive problems and liver damage, so the sooner it’s addressed, the better.


Water from your tap may temporarily look milky due to tiny bubbles caused by the turbulence of pumping it out of the well. Leave your glass of water to sit; if it clears up on its own, it’s safe to drink. However, if it stays cloudy, you may have a mineral or bacterial problem, which requires a well inspection and remediation.


In most cases of color change in water, a prompt well inspection is needed to find the source. For reliable inspections, drilling, water system installation, and maintenance, choose Luisier Drilling in Oconto Falls, WI. Serving Oconto County, they provide these services for residential, commercial, and municipal clients and offer a 10-year guarantee on their work. To schedule a well inspection, call (920) 848-5239 today, or visit them online to learn more about their services.

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