Why is my water yellow? I don’t know about you, but if I turned on the faucet only to find yellow water, that is the question I would be asking!

While it sounds bad, yellow tap water is usually a sign of some rust in your water. Tap water is filled with minerals and some contaminants. Things like rust, iron, and oxygen can seep into our water in small amounts. In combination, these things will create yellow tap water.

Yellow water from the tap might seem overwhelming. Most people are used to crisp, clear water and anything different is concerning. While it’s right to be concerned if your water is anything less than normal looking, yellow water from tap isn’t always a serious health concern. More importantly, there are things you can do to fix it! Keep reading to learn more about yellow water and how to get rid of it!


Why is My Water Yellow?

Whether you have yellow water or it’s another color like red or orange, the color tends to signify rust contamination. While this sounds serious, health issues as a result of rust contamination are relatively rare. Still, no one wants rust in their water.

The yellow color might not be a problem, but it could lead to one. Lines are flushed to ensure problems like yellow water don’t often occur. When the lines are flushed it releases built-up sediment. The sediment can remain in the pipes and even latch on to the walls of your pipes. If this happens your pipes can degrade, and your pipes could leak or even fail altogether.

In many cases, though, the rust doesn’t come from the homeowner’s pipes. The water distribution infrastructure in the United States is terribly outdated, and in many cities, pipes put in the ground back in World War II are still being used. As a result, some distribution pipes are rusty and in need of replacement.

Most pipes used in cities were made from iron until about 30 years ago, according to Reuters. These pipes corrode over time, leading to rust getting in your drinking water.


Is Yellow Water Safe to Use and Drink?

Technically, yellow tap water is usually safe. You can use it as you would regular water and likely be okay. But let’s be honest, no one wants to drink yellow water with traces of rust in it.

If the color is bothersome, a water filter may be able to help remove the color and other impurities. Even if yellow tap water can be used, you’ll want to determine the source of the problem making your water yellow. The color of the water can mean that you have a plumbing problem, which could get worse if it goes untreated.


How Can I Get Rid of my Yellow Water?

First, you need to find out what’s causing your yellow water. If the problem is your water supply, the only likely solution will be the addition of a water filter. However, you should call a plumber to find out where the problem is coming from and what can be done to fix it if it’s an issue with some affected pipes.

In the meantime, a water filter will help to clear up your yellow water. If you’re worried about contaminants, a filter will also reduce or remove the contaminants in your water. Filters don’t have to be hard to use or expensive. In fact, they are usually quite the opposite. If you notice yellow water coming from every faucet, you can get a whole-house water filter for a reasonable price. The DuPont WFPF13003B won’t break the bank and it will help to clean up your water of weird colors and/or tastes. There are also countertop filters (Home Master TMJRF2), under the sink filters (Filtrete Advanced), or even simple water filter pitchers (Aqua Gear) that you can get to remove the impurities from your water.

Yellow water isn’t the end of the world, but it is something you should have checked out to ensure that future problems don’t arise. If you have any other water questions, remember, we’re here to help!

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