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Firefighting, Water System Work May Cause Temporary Water Discoloration for Some Customers, Water Remains Safe

Ongoing enhancements to the municipal water system combined with the high demand for water for firefighting activity this week may cause some Kalamazoo water customers to have cloudy or discolored water. These non-typical conditions have stirred up iron that settles in the water mains, which can cause aesthetic issues.

Iron is naturally occurring in our groundwater and is not harmful to public health, however this may impact the color of customers water temporarily.

This sometimes occurs during regularly scheduled hydrant flushing. Just as with the hydrant flushing program, residents that are experiencing discolored water are advised to run their cold water in a bathtub or utility sink until it becomes clear again. Water customers are also advised to avoid doing laundry until water runs clear. The Department of Public Services is flushing areas of the water system that are affected to address the aesthetic water quality issues that developed this week.

The next scheduled hydrant flushing will take place beginning June 14. During this program, most flushing will occur overnight between 10pm and 6am. Occasional daytime flushing will take place between 7am and 3:30pm.

Currently, large-scale water main construction projects are underway on both Cork Street and Oakland Drive. Public Services is also currently in the process of filling the new 2.5-million-gallon storage take located in the southwest area of the City near US-131, which may affect customers in the Oshtemo and Texas Township areas for approximately the next 12 hours.

Kalamazoo’s water remains safe to drink. The patience of our community is greatly appreciated as needed investments are made in our water system.

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