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Some Vegas residents are seeing a difference in their water

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 6/13/2013 12:58 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The water that flows from your faucet may look a little different during the summer months and some people are wondering if it is that safe to drink.

News 3's Christine Kim has the details.

We all know we get our water from the Colorado River and Lake Mead. When you turn on your faucet you're used to seeing clear water like you see here.

But in the summertime, we have another source of water that may change the appearance of this.

When Tiffany Adams and her family turn on their faucet they know the water flowing out can at times appear different.

“Little particles and then it bursts cloudy and let it sit air rises to the top and the water clears up," Adams said.

And although their water is not cloudy, some fellow Las Vegas residents may have received blue cards in the mail about noticing a change.

“We distributed over 35,000 post cards to our customers that were going to be affected by cloudy water,” said Bronson Mack with the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

During the summer, water from ground wells supplements the H2O supply from the Colorado River and Lake Mead to meet the spike in demand.

Mack says there are 76 wells across the valley. Many pump up ground water which feeds into a network of pipes that distribute drinking water to customers.

During that process, sometimes air is trapped within the water and that dissolved air makes water look cloudy.

“That water has been tested constantly monitored meets or surpasses standards of act cloudiness in water is purely aesthetic tiny air bubbles being trapped.” Mack said.

Mack says despite its appearance the water is safe to drink and if residents wait for the air bubbles to dissipate, it should turn back clear.

Although the Adams family is well aware of this Tiffany says, "But doesn’t taste good.”

They prefer to stick with bottled water and use tap for everything else.

During the summer, the ground wells can produce 175 million gallons of water a day.


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