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19 The most obvious possibilities Your first diagnostic tools are your senses. You can, at times, see, taste, smell, and feel contaminated water. Use your eyes When artists show water in landscape scenes, they often make it blue or blue-green. But you wouldn't want water that color coming out of your tap. Quality water, when you view it up close, is clear and colorless. Water that is red, orange, yellow, brown, or cloudy can signal iron, rust, or other contami- nants in the mains or your household plumb- ing. Tannins from decaying vegetation and leaves can also give water a yellow or brown- ish hue. Manganese may make water appear brown, red, orange, yellow, or even black. Iron may give it a reddish-orange cast, or it might even have a yellow, tealike appearance. Like that scenic painting or photo, water might have blue or green in it. That may indicate the presence of copper, possibly coming from corroded plumbing. You might also see blue or green water if there's corrosion of the bronze alloys in pumps and valves, a sign that there also may be zinc in the water. If your water has these issues, try to identify the source. Consider these tips for sleuthing. Contamination from water mains will most likely show up in these three ways: ✓ Clear water suddenly becomes discolored. ✓ Cold water looks discolored but hot water looks clear. These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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