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A disgruntled resident

Blue Island, IL

#1 Jan 3, 2014
Has anyone noticed how cloudy our tap water is lately? Letting it run for minutes doesn't even clear it up. Maybe we shouldn't have absolved the debt to the water department. If my memory serves correctly, I thought those funds were accumulating to repaint the water tower anyways.
Bob

Elmhurst, IL

#2 Jan 4, 2014
I noticed 3-4 weeks ago during a warm spell a city worker opened the hydrant on the corner and after he closed it the water was brown for a few minutes. The city and aldermen should notify residents when this is going to occur.
clear

Chicago, IL

#3 Jan 4, 2014
My water is just fine. Maybe its your pipes.
Notice is Required

Maywood, IL

#4 Jan 4, 2014
Bob wrote:
I noticed 3-4 weeks ago during a warm spell a city worker opened the hydrant on the corner and after he closed it the water was brown for a few minutes. The city and aldermen should notify residents when this is going to occur.
Routinely Blue Island residential and business doors are tagged however; the new more educated regime are likely unaware of the health hazards they are imposing on the public at large.
A disgruntled resident

Blue Island, IL

#5 Jan 4, 2014
Bob wrote:
I noticed 3-4 weeks ago during a warm spell a city worker opened the hydrant on the corner and after he closed it the water was brown for a few minutes. The city and aldermen should notify residents when this is going to occur.
The hydrant in front of my house was also opened at the same time. It is probably related, now that you mentioned it. Unfortunately mine hasn't cleared up.
Galvanized Pipes

Midlothian, IL

#6 Jan 4, 2014
A disgruntled resident wrote:
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The hydrant in front of my house was also opened at the same time. It is probably related, now that you mentioned it. Unfortunately mine hasn't cleared up.
almost 100% of pipes in Blue Island Homes are galvanized, which after about 20 years get very corroded and rusted. If you update to copper, the problem will be solved. If your house is over built over 20 years ago, it has galvanized pipes, which was standard.
Joe Werner

Blue Island, IL

#7 Jan 4, 2014
A disgruntled resident wrote:
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The hydrant in front of my house was also opened at the same time. It is probably related, now that you mentioned it. Unfortunately mine hasn't cleared up.
Talk to some of your neighbors, if they have the same problem the City Water Pipe is leaking, has a hole in it. The water does not always bubble up to the surface. Call your alderman. Opening the hydrants is not a good idea during cold months.
ok u

Midlothian, IL

#8 Jan 4, 2014
clear wrote:
My water is just fine. Maybe its your pipes.
Then your heads cloudy
ok u

Midlothian, IL

#9 Jan 4, 2014
Galvanized Pipes wrote:
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almost 100% of pipes in Blue Island Homes are galvanized, which after about 20 years get very corroded and rusted. If you update to copper, the problem will be solved. If your house is over built over 20 years ago, it has galvanized pipes, which was standard.
100% of the new administration is galvanized, and failed in 20 weeks..
clear

Midlothian, IL

#10 Jan 4, 2014
ok u wrote:
<quoted text>Then your heads cloudy
So because my tap water is clear, I'm delusional? You're the delusional one buddy. You need new pipes. Face it and stop placing blame on the city because YOUR head is cloudy.
Water Boy

Blue Island, IL

#11 Jan 4, 2014
Water Questions & Answers
Why does my drinking water look cloudy sometimes?

Once in a while, you get a glass of water and it looks cloudy; maybe milky is a better term. After a few seconds it miraculously clears up! The cloudiness might be caused by the water in the pipes being under a bit more pressure than the water in the glass, but is more likely due to tiny air bubbles in the water. Like any bubble, the air rises to the top of the water and goes into the air above, clearing up the water. Cloudy water, also known as white water, is caused by air bubbles in the water. It is completely harmless.

It usually happens when it is very cold outside because the solubility of air in water increases as water pressure increases and/or water temperature decreases. Cold water holds more air than warm water. In the winter, water travels from the reservoir which is very cold and warms up during its travel to your tap. Some of the air that is present is no longer soluble, and comes out of solution.

Also, water pressure has something to do with it. The water in the pipes is pressurized to a degree (which helps to get the water all the way from the water tower to your home). Water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized. Once the water comes out of your tap, the water is no longer under pressure and the air comes out of solution as bubbles (similar to a carbonated soft drink). The best thing to do is let it sit in an open container until the bubbles naturally disappear.
Nah

Maywood, IL

#12 Jan 4, 2014
clear wrote:
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So because my tap water is clear, I'm delusional? You're the delusional one buddy. You need new pipes. Face it and stop placing blame on the city because YOUR head is cloudy.
Looks more like your feet are dangling.
Long time BI Resident

Westmont, IL

#13 Jan 6, 2014
I live near Eisenhower and my water has been cloudy for a few weeks as well..:(
123rd and Greenwood

Midlothian, IL

#14 Jan 7, 2014
My water is clear.
captain free

Midlothian, IL

#15 Jan 22, 2014
Long time BI Resident wrote:
I live near Eisenhower and my water has been cloudy for a few weeks as well..:(
i live by western and high. ive been here almost 40 years ive never had cloudy water. TILL NOW. No answers? Galvanized pipes? really?
BWM

Maywood, IL

#16 Jan 22, 2014
Busted water mains.
captain free

Midlothian, IL

#17 Jan 25, 2014
but what is the coud all about? should we b concerned about drinking?
Chester Stranczyk

Blue Island, IL

#18 Jan 25, 2014
captain free wrote:
but what is the coud all about? should we b concerned about drinking?
Water is fine.
A disgruntled resident

Blue Island, IL

#19 Jan 25, 2014
Water Boy wrote:
Water Questions & Answers
Why does my drinking water look cloudy sometimes?
Once in a while, you get a glass of water and it looks cloudy; maybe milky is a better term. After a few seconds it miraculously clears up! The cloudiness might be caused by the water in the pipes being under a bit more pressure than the water in the glass, but is more likely due to tiny air bubbles in the water. Like any bubble, the air rises to the top of the water and goes into the air above, clearing up the water. Cloudy water, also known as white water, is caused by air bubbles in the water. It is completely harmless.
It usually happens when it is very cold outside because the solubility of air in water increases as water pressure increases and/or water temperature decreases. Cold water holds more air than warm water. In the winter, water travels from the reservoir which is very cold and warms up during its travel to your tap. Some of the air that is present is no longer soluble, and comes out of solution.
Also, water pressure has something to do with it. The water in the pipes is pressurized to a degree (which helps to get the water all the way from the water tower to your home). Water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized. Once the water comes out of your tap, the water is no longer under pressure and the air comes out of solution as bubbles (similar to a carbonated soft drink). The best thing to do is let it sit in an open container until the bubbles naturally disappear.
Thanks so much for your answer, more than one person I spoke to gave me the same info.
Repairs

Maywood, IL

#20 Jan 25, 2014
Has the busted water main been fixed?

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