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Water Plant Testing May Cause Rusty Water

Post Date:05/02/2017 1:00 PM

Residents may experience rusty water or fluctuations in water pressure over the next several weeks as testing and disinfection of new infrastructure at the new water plant occurs. Testing is expected to occur two to three more times during each week and could cause rusty water particularly in areas near the new water plant located at 1800 East 13th Street.  

A contractor working for the City’s Water and Pollution Control Department is flushing the new plant using water from the distribution system. Flushing and disinfection cleans the new plant infrastructure and is one of the steps to ensure the plant will meet drinking water standards when it comes online this year. However, this intensive process may cause rusty water or pressure fluctuations. 

Rusty water is still safe to drink, but can stain laundry. Residents should run the cold water tap for a few minutes to verify the clarity and avoid using hot water for things like dishwashing or laundry if water is discolored.

If discolored water causes staining problems, rust remover is available free of charge at the City Hall information desk, all fire stations, the Water Plant, 300 E. Fifth St., or by calling 515.239.5150.

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