Discolored Water

The water discoloration seen sporadically throughout the system is a result of the aging cast iron lines.  These lines were installed approximately 100 years ago. The discoloration in the water we see from time to time is a result of corrosion or rust in these lines. Repairs after line breaks, open hydrants and excessive use of water stir up sediment. Right now, we see people filling pools for their children to enjoy and people pressure washing homes.  Both examples create a higher demand of water causing a change in pressure to our water lines.  When this happens, although the water leaving our plant is clear the minerals accumulated can be stirred up and discolor the water coming out of your faucets at home. The change of color has happened in the lines, not at our water plant. This is a leading sign that the lines need to be replaced. Which is exactly what we are doing.

If your water is discolored, try running the cold water at the lowest pressure five to ten minutes to clear out your plumbing. If this does not clear up the problem, wait about an hour and repeat. We also suggest cleaning the screen on your faucets. Avoid running the hot water. This will minimize getting discolored water into the hot water tank. Please delay doing laundry until the water has cleared. Fabrics can be stained by discolored water. If you used your washer before realizing the water was discolored, and then noticed the laundry was stained, you should NOT dry the clothes. Instead, please contact our office and we can give you a packet of “Red-B-Gone," a laundry additive that takes discoloration out of clothing. Please follow the instructions on the label for best results. If your water remains discolored, contact us to make us aware of the issue. This will allow our staff to begin evaluating the situation and keep records of incidents. Discolored water can occur at any time, but it is most common in early spring and summer when our water use increases.

We have secured the funding to help us get these cast iron lines removed and replaced. This is an amazing thing for our village, and we are certainly moving in the right direction. Our staff has put a lot of hard work into making this happen. Currently we are expecting the construction for this project to begin around September.  Once completed, discolored water will be a problem of the past.


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