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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.

Remember rust-colored water is safe, but it may stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover. The City offers a stain removal product at no cost to residents at the following locations:

  • Public Works, 1405 South 7th Avenue
  • City Hall, Reception Desk, 2 East Main Street
  • Police Department, 211 North Riverside Avenue
updated Dec 09, 2021