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Water running from taps and faucets is brown. Problem apparently shared by others in East Rock .
Hi everyone, I am a microbiologist (not an expert of drinking water unfortunately). However I looked up how water is treated using the process that produces sedimentation and the reason why the water company says it is safe to drink is because the water is still chlorinated. The water, in respect to bacteria is safe to drink. The draw back is the particulates, they are used for the initial filtration of the other major particles.
I am not drinking the water because I do not like the taste of sterile sand water. I would only use it to take a shower if it is absolutely necessary, I will not wash dishes or drink it.
Hope it helps!
Ohh one more thing, the showers should be fine if your building filters the water before it enters the water heater (common in California, not sure about New Haven). Also the Pur water filter should work great.
FYI My fiancee just took a shower and she did not die!!!
Water is still brown Bishop and Orange
In reference to the above: A large number of municipal and water authority websites have explanations, and suggested solutions, similar to the one below. Is this the city's responsibility?
Rusty brown water is caused by several factors. Almost all water pipes have a thin film of rust and harmless sediment on the inside of them. Although this film causes no problems, over time it can build up to the point that a slight increase in water velocity can cause it to break loose from the interior pipe wall. This material causes your water to appear discolored or dirty. Normally discolored water is the result of high water demands throughout the distribution system. Higher-than-normal water demands (which is what happens when a water main is broken or a fire hydrant is opened too quickly) increase the velocity of the water to a rate of flow that causes harmless material in the pipeline, such as rust and sediment, to break free.
Potential solution: The Public Works Department performs flushing of the water mains in your area to remove sediment.
Just posted a story on NHI w/ a little info from RWA.
MEDIA ADVISORY re: DISCOLORED WATER
The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority has been receiving questions from consumers about discolored water coming from their taps. The very warm weather last weekend and continuing this week has driven up demand for water. The higher flows of water through the water mains have stirred up sediments similar to fire hydrant flushings. With the hot weather likely continuing, causing high water demand, consumers may continue to experience discolored water. Running water in an attempt to flush your home system will not clear the discoloration of the water.
Consumers can help us by limiting your outside irrigation to the early morning hours. Additionally, due to widespread illegal hydrant openings contributing to the high flows of water, please call your local fire department if you see an open hydrant.
While unappealing, the water is not harmful. It is a personal choice whether or not to use the discolored water for showering, flushing toilets, cleaning floors, etc. To drink lightly discolored water, fill a container, put it in your refrigerator to cool and let the color settle to the bottom. When ready to drink, use the clear water from the top of the container. You should use caution if you wash clothes, especially light colored ones, in your washing machine. Check the condition to your water to prevent staining.
If consumers have other questions, they may call 203-562-4020.
OK I got some more info from RWA.
They said the water's OK to drink -- let the sediment settle first. RWA hasn't seen this much brown water in 15 years.
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