Increased flows in the water distribution pipes can disturb mineral deposits that are normally present in the iron pipes and may result in colored water. Increased flows may be due to hydrant flushing maintenance activities or firefighting activities. Although its appearance is not pleasing, the water does not pose a health risk and is safe to drink. There are, however, a couple things to avoid until the water clears:
- Do not use hot water because sediment will collect in the hot water tank.
- Do not do laundry because the iron can stain clothing.
The water should clear within a few hours. Check the water every 30 or 60 minutes by running the cold water tap located in the lowest point in your home for 2-3 minutes. Once it runs clear, flush the pipes in your home by running all cold water taps for a few minutes.
If the problem persists, a system hydrant may need to be flushed. Please call 311.