The aerators on our faucets are filled with white debris. What is it?
“White chunks” or eggshell-like particles that clog faucet aerators and showerheads are actually pieces of plastic from hot water heaters that are experiencing dip tube failure.

There are two solutions to this problem:

  • Flush all the dip tube debris from the heater tank, install a new dip tube, and then clean all the strainers and aerators.
  • Replace the water heater and then clean and flush the strainers and aerators. Contact a licensed plumber for additional information.

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1. Is the water in Sugar Land safe to drink?
2. Where does my water come from?
3. How do I get my drinking water tested?
4. I think I have a water leak, what should I do?
5. Whom should I call if I notice water running down the street?
6. What is the best way to turn the water off at my house in an emergency or for repairs? How?
7. Why is my water pressure so low?
8. What causes white water?
9. What is the white deposits on my glasses, pans, and ice cube trays?
10. What is the hardness of Sugar Land's water?
11. The aerators on our faucets are filled with white debris. What is it?
12. What is the rusty color in my water?
13. Can I paint the fire hydrant near my home to make it more decorative?
14. There are colored paint marks in the grass and on the road in my neighborhood. What does this mean?
15. Is the City of Sugar Land’s water system fluoridated?