Dealing with Brown Water

One of the nicest amenities we enjoy in the first world is clean running water. You turn a knob, and safe, clean water comes out. It’s a luxury that’s only a reality in the modern world, and still not a guarantee for much of the world. That said, seeing brown or dirty water coming from your faucet is one of the scariest things that can happen. 

That’s one reason why “brown water” scares are popular news stories. Here in West Texas, there’s a perception that the dust and dirt in the air are directly related to brown tap water. But that’s not necessarily the case. Let’s investigate.


Brown water is generally the result of iron or manganese deposits in your water. This can often be coming from inside the pipes that deliver the water to your home. Magnesium can come from an anode rod with exposed iron that causes the brown coloring. It’s important to figure out if the water is impacting just one faucet, or an entire water system.


If you are seeing brown while running HOT water, then the anode rod in your water heater should be replaced. Also, if your hot water heater is more than 15 years old, the entire unit should probably be replaced.

If the brown water is coming from both hot and cold water systems, that means the problem is not in your water heater. Instead, it’s likely that it’s coming from the main pipe that delivers water to your home, then distributes it throughout the house. You should contact the city’s water department, and it would definitely be a good idea to call The Bosworth Company to diagnose the problem.


The Bosworth Company stands ready to detect and fix any issue that may arise with your water quality. Whether it be repairing pipes, a hot water heater, or installing a water purification system, we can help. Call us today at 432-570-5233 or make an appointment online. It’s Worth the Call. Always.