Why are there particles in my water?

The City’s drinking water comes from a vast underground aquifer. The wells that pump the water from the aquifer into the delivery system are designed to filter out naturally occurring sediments. These particles typically settle in large water pipes and tanks, but sometimes make it through the faucet.

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1. Why does my tap water look cloudy?
2. Is it okay to drink the water when it looks cloudy?
3. Why are there particles in my water?
4. Why does the tap water smell funny sometimes?
5. What if my water appears discolored?