The Water Department will be operating the backup Water Treatment Plant at Needmore Rd on an unscheduled day and operating it a little longer than normal, on Wednesday, February 27. The purpose is to collect samples from that facility for some special round testing certain Unregulated Contaminants (UCMR 4 testing) as required by the EPA. All samples should be collected by 3pm, at which time the plant will be taken off line. This may reverse the flow of the water disturbing a harmless mineral (iron) that settles in the water mains and cause a discoloration of the water in the southern part of the City.
Though rusty water may look and taste unpleasant, it is not generally a health concern. Iron in water is not a sign of harmful bacteria or lead, which are hazards. The limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for iron in drinking water are based on aesthetics (taste, odor, color), not safety concerns. The City of Huber Heights meets all drinking water standards including those set for iron.
If you notice your water is discolored do not do laundry until the water runs clear, if you have already started doing laundry do not dry any clothing until the disturbance is over. When the water runs clear, re-wash the items before drying. Your local grocery carries “Iron Out” and other similar products that will remove discoloration from clothing if it is stained.
Most importantly, if you experience a rust color in your water, first make sure your hot water faucet is off and run the cold water for at least 5 minutes to see if it runs clear, if not please call the water department at 937-233-3292.