Our apartment complex sometimes turns off the water for a time and then when it comes back on, our water is brown. After we run it for awhile, it clears up.
However, they turned the water off yesterday and today. Last night and tonight, whenever I run the hot water, it comes out sort of a milky white. If I run it in a bowl, the white color fades after about 30 seconds and it looks almost clear, but it still looks like there is some silt or something on the top of the water. The cold water doesn't do this. Even after running the water for quite a while, it has not gone away.
I'm very irritated, because all my dishes have been dirty for the past two nights and I cannot wash them in this dirty water. I also can't cook anything, because I do not want to use our spring water that costs $1 a gallon. The least the apartment could do is notify us when they will be turning the water off and for why, but they never do.
I called the apartment's answering service and was told that there was nothing maintenance could do about it....it was from turning the water off. What the heck? I have silt or something in my water and I want it gone!
Question #1: What is this stuff in our water and why is it here from them turning the water off and back on?
Question #2: Is it harmful?
Question #3: Why isn't it going away?
Question #4: Would I be justified if I told the complex that I want a refund on part of my $20 per month water bill they charge us? I know it sounds petty, but this happens about once a month when they do this with no notification. Not to mention the 3 days we had no hot water one month and I had to take cold showers in the middle of winter.
I feel like we are paying for a service that we are not receiving on a dependable basis.