In water treatment terminology,
Sediment Contamination is the term use to indicate the presence of dirt or sand dissolved into the water.
Water can contain various amounts of sediment contamination. These levels may range from very slight trace amounts of sediment to just plain mud.
Simply stated if your water is dirty, it is because before you obtained it, your water had direct contact with dirt and sand and your water dissolved this dirt and sand into itself.
Removing sediment contamination from water is relatively easy.
The task is accomplished by passing the contaminated water through a sediment filtration system. The dirty water goes in and the cleaner water comes out.
However, sediment filtration systems must be maintained.
The simpler sediment filtering systems use a filter cartridge to trap the sediment contamination on the cartridge. Periodically, these cartridges must be discarded and replaced with a new cartridge. Failure to do so will cause future problems such as filter failure or restrictions in water pressure and water flow rates.
There are more sophisticated sediment filtering systems. These are designed to self-clean the sediment build up, automatically. These systems require very little attention but require a larger initial investment.
If you are experiencing dirty water, the first step to resolving this problem is to install a sediment filtration system.