Cloudy Well Water

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Hello! I am currently living in a double wide/modular home that belongs to a relative. I'm very appreciative of this opportunity as she only requires us to pay the electric bill, so in return I try my best to keep the place up and have even done things like replaced the carpet, etc. Staying here is allowing us to save and put back to build our own home.

Anyway, I say all that to say this; we have a deep well and I recently noticed that the water in the toilets are cloudy. I then started paying attention to the water that we give to the dogs and it too is slightly cloudy with a slight white hue to it. We have since changed to letting them have the water cooler water that we use and drink. Since we are now only using the water to shower, wash clothes, etc. should I be very concerned about it? I'm think we will only be here another year before we move. After that, I doubt she will sell the place since it is on her farm; however, who knows what the future will bring.
 
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"Recently noticed"? So something has changed? Cloudy water could be air or debris. Does it settle to the bottom of a glass after time? Air could be a hole in the pipe or pumping the well too hard. Sand could also be from pumping the well too hard. Need to figure out what it is before we can fix it.
 

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"Recently noticed"? So something has changed? Cloudy water could be air or debris. Does it settle to the bottom of a glass after time? Air could be a hole in the pipe or pumping the well too hard. Sand could also be from pumping the well too hard. Need to figure out what it is before we can fix it.

I should say that the water has never has been as crystal clear as the water we drink from the water cooler; however, as I stated I recently noticed the water in the toilet staying cloudy. I did a test where I poured some from the kitchen faucet into a glass and it stayed cloudy afterwards with no noticeable settling of debris on the bottom of the glass.
 

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I should say that the water has never has been as crystal clear as the water we drink from the water cooler; however, as I stated I recently noticed the water in the toilet staying cloudy. I did a test where I poured some from the kitchen faucet into a glass and it stayed cloudy afterwards with no noticeable settling of debris on the bottom of the glass.
Let that glass sit undisturbed for 24 hours. Any change? Maybe check at roughly 2, 6, and 12 hours in.

If the water stays unchanged for 24 hours, then you probably have colloidal clay. No danger. Hard to filter out with a cartridge.
If the cloudy area rises, it was dissolved gases, and if it falls after a long period, it is non-colloidal clay.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_size
 
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Let that glass sit undisturbed for 24 hours. Any change? Maybe check at roughly 2, 6, and 12 hours in.

Thank you! Lets say the water remains cloudy, is this something I should worry about since we do not use it for anything other than toilets, showers, and laundry?
 
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