What should I do if my water is discolored?

Why is my water look  does my water look rusty? What should I do? 

Discolored water could have several causes. Throughout the
distribution system you can occasionally experience reddish yellow or brown
color to your water. This is usually caused by increased flow through water
mains, or through your own plumbing which dislodges iron deposits. This can be
caused by any of the following reasons: 

1. A hydrant in your neighborhood recently being used for
construction or to fight a house fire or to flush hydrants in your area for
routine maintenance or fire flow testing by the fire department.

2. A water main break in the vicinity.

3. It could also be caused by just an overall increase in
demand of the water supply throughout the system.

4. If water is only looking rusty coming from certain
faucets in your home and not others, or it is only present when you use hot
water, it can be an issue inside your homes plumbing. In that instance you may
need to consult a plumber to resolve the issue.

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

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, giving your location, so someone can respond and help you determine
if you need a plumber or if flushing a hydrant near your home can help etc. The
emergency # for the water department after hours is the same as the day time
number which is 937-233-3292.

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1. Water Softening – What is going on?
2. What should I do if my water is discolored?
3. My water bill is much higher this month than last, what is going on?
4. Who do I call to report a water problem after hours?
5. Why does my water taste or smell of chlorine?
6. Why is my water pressure SUDDENLY low?
7. What should I do if I need to turn off the water to my house?
8. What should I do if the sewer is backing up into my house?
9. What is the hardness of the water?
10. What do I do if all of my drains won’t drain?
11. Why does my drinking water look foamy or cloudy sometimes?