Discolored water occurs when sediment in the water mains is stirred up by high water flow. This can occur when hydrants are being flushed, during a water main break, or during Fire Department activity. Hydrant flushing is normally scheduled in the spring—sign up to receive an alert!
What to do if your water is discolored
While the water is disinfected and safe, you may want to wait for it to clear up before consuming it or using it to wash clothes. Try to avoid using hot water when the cold water is discolored, as you may draw sediment into the hot water system that may settle in the bottom of your water tank. Minimize toilet flushing in order to reduce the risk of potential clogging.
Run the cold water for several minutes just to see if it becomes clear. If applicable, use a sink in the basement near where the water line enters the house to check the water. Keep checking approximately every hour until it clears.