Why is my water dirty?

Your water could be dirty for the following reasons:

  • A fire hydrant has been opened in a localized area.
  • There is construction in a localized area.
  • Increased seasonal demands in localized area.
  • Naturally occurring minerals in the water source. Increased water velocity in the water lines may dislodge mineral sediment and/or pipe scale causing brown or reddish brown water. White deposits on faucets or other fixtures are generally caused by calcium carbonate which is a natural occurring mineral in the water. The amount of calcium carbonate in the water determines how hard or soft the water is and the City water tends to be soft or moderately soft throughout the system. The water is safe to drink, however a discolored water condition can cause staining of laundry or some plumbing fixtures.

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1. How do I get a water meter?
2. Do I need a backflow prevention device?
3. What minimum water pressure does the City provide?
4. What size is my meter?
5. Why is my water dirty?