The major problem with turbidity is aesthetics, but in some cases suspended
matter can carry pathogens with it (Turbidity in surface waters: indicate
Cryptosporidia!). Large amounts of organic matter can also produce stains
on sinks, fixtures, and laundry. Much like iron, organic matter in water
may also produce colors, unpleasant tastes, and odors. These tastes and
odors will affect not only drinking water, but the foods and beverages
prepared with the water.