Why is my water brown?

Occasionally the tap water in your home may look brown. Discolored water is the result of the minerals and iron in the water main being stirred up from increased water pressure.  Discolored water is SAFE to drink and does not pose a health risk.  The main causes of brown/discolored water are:

  • Work being done on the water system
  • Water main flushing
  • An unexpected event like a water main break

If you find dirty water in your home or business, you should not use any hot water.  Run the cold water in the bathtub or outside hose bib for a minute or two, until the water runs clear.

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