The Richmond Register

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June 16, 2014

Richmond Utilities: Discolored water from pipe flushing is safe

RICHMOND — A routine flushing of water mains has left Richmond and Madison County utilities customers wondering about the quality of their water.

But Scott Althauser, Richmond Utilities superintendent, said there is nothing harmful about the particles that have have caused discoloration that is apparent in larger water collections, including swimming pools and bath tubs.

Every summer, utility workers flush water mains, sometimes causing discoloration, he said. The city, which supplies the Madison County Utility District, has a lot of old pipes, Althauser said, and flushing the mains with can dislodge particles.

When customers notice discolored water, they should run cold water from their faucets and it should clear up, he said. If discoloration persists, customers should call Richmond Utilities’ at 623-2323, and workers will flush the pipes again.

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