Published: September 8, 2012

    Learn About Rusty Water – Sediment, Sand and Debris

    You hear a good deal about water main breaks in large cities that have huge demands, older infrastructures, and the added ingredient of frigid outdoor temperatures.

    Such disruptions can cause anything from the complete interruption of water delivery to the addition of a brownish color to the water. That color is indicative of iron or rust in water and does carry with it some causes and cautions.

    Some cities are still outfitted with water mains that are made of the original iron pipes that have fed those populations for years. In the event of a break in the line or while a repair is in progress, the water can pick up some collateral rust and pass it through the system and into your fixtures. Some upgraded mains are now literally lined with cement to create a barrier between the water and the delivery conduits so rust is not introduced into the system.

    While water that has that rusty taint is not necessarily harmful to drink, you may want to refrain from doing laundry because it can result in staining your clothes. If you’ve lost water service completely or experienced some rust colored water for a short period, it is a good idea to run all the taps to flush your plumbing of any residue until you see that the water has returned to its natural transparency.