Don't be alarmed if your tap water is discolored this month

May 5 2020, 12:19 pm

When turning on your taps this month, you may notice discolored running water. If this is the case, don’t worry, just run the cold water for a few minutes.

In collaboration with Seattle Public Utilities, the Seattle Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants around the city from 9 am to 12 pm daily until the end of May.

“If you live near a fire hydrant that has been recently tested, your home water source may appear discolored for up to a few hours. This is normal and temporary, and the water is still safe,” said a blog post from the Seattle Fire Department.

Seattle Pubilc Utilities recommends that those experiencing discolored water try running the cold water for a few minutes to see if the water clears. If it remains discolored, let the water sit for one to two hours before running the cold water again. Do not run hot water to try to clear the coloring.

If your water remains discolored after a few hours, contact Seattle Public Utilities Operation Response Center at 206-386-1800.