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The water is an orange/brown color, why and is it safe to use?
Sediment and rust accumulate in the bottom of the City water mains. If the water moves through the water mains at a faster speed than normal, it disturbs this accumulation and the sediment is visible in the water. Most often this happens when the water mains are flushed out or the water is turned off for a repair and then restarted. It takes several hours for the sediment to settle down. Once the sediment has settled down in the water, you may still have sediment in your plumbing system. Let the water run in a sink or bathtub until it is clear. It is advised not to use the water until it is clear. If this happens, please contact the Water Division at (509)764-3950 or the Public Works office at (509)764-3951. For emergency concerns, after-hours or on the weekend, please contact MACC Dispatch at (509)762-1160.

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3. The water is an orange/brown color, why and is it safe to use?