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Frequently Asked Questions: Environmental Services Division

Rusty Water

You may notice rusty-colored water when a water main breaks, hydrants are flushed, or other work has been done in the area. This can make the water temporarily appear rust-colored because the iron and other mineral deposits in the water mains get stirred up.  There is no health hazard associated with discolored water.  Water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing, however it may stain laundry.

Simply turn on the cold water tap until the water runs clear.