Cloudy, different tasting Mesa water likely

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Cloudy water and different tastes are likely to accompany the city of Mesa's annual switchover from canal to well water this week.

City officials say the water delivered to homes and businesses west of Lindsay Road remains safe to drink.

The cloudiness is caused by millions of tiny air bubbles carried by water under pressure. A glass of water with small amounts of air will appear to sparkle and water with greater amounts will appear milky. The glass will clear over several minutes if left to sit.

The city uses well water each winter while the Salt River Project does maintenance on its South Canal. It expects to switch back to canal water in mid-January.

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