Is the brown or rusty- colored water harmful?

  Is the brown or rusty- colored water harmful?

Is the brown or rusty- colored water harmful?

The elements, iron and manganese, are considered contaminants, but drinking water containing these elements are said to be safe. Personally, if someone offered me a glass full of brown water, I would pass. However, experts say, these are essential elements that the body requires to function effectively and your daily diet contains varied amounts of these metals. I would just rather consume mine in the form a daily vitamin. So, brown water coming out of your taps isn’t a concern on the health front.

 So we have established that the brown or rusty water itself is no especially harmful, but that does not mean there are no health risks involved. It’s time to just ignore the problem of brown water coming out of your faucets. Rust in your pipes can result in health hazards indirectly. Rusty water is a breeding ground for various forms of bacteria that can cause illnesses. Eventually the pipe become corroded and pipes can crack which exposes your water supply to outside contaminants. This also increases the chances of leaks in your house. Leaky pipes are one of the most common causes of mold and mildew in the home, which is harmful. So the rust in your brown-colored water has the potential to indirectly cause some major health hazard!

Brown water may not be directly harmful to your health, but it does cause other nuisances. Rust produces a metallic taste to your drinking water. If you use rusty water in hot or cold beverages and alcoholic drinks, it usually turns your drink black and gives off a not so pleasant smell. When used in cooking, rusty water can turn vegetables and other foods dark. 

Iron in water can also stain your laundry and the washing machine. It can even discolor your hair if it is a fair color. The rust can actually build-up and clog your water systems and cause a back flow.  

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