Published: March 6, 2018

    What St. Cloud, FL, Residents Can Do About Their City’s Orange Water

    Residents living in St. Cloud, FL, who have their water provided by the public utilities, or the St. Cloud Water Department, may discover a jarring surprise when they turn on their faucets. As was first reported last week by outlets including WFTV-9, an operational issue in one of the city’s water treatment plants has led to the tap water in many homes taking on a translucent orange hue.

    Filling a glass with drinking water only to realize it’s a vibrant orange is certainly upsetting, but is it actually dangerous? According to a press release issued by the city of St. Cloud the affected water is still acceptable for drinking. In the statement, city officials state, “the water produced is safe to drink and there is no need to take any extra precautions,” as the color is a result of a “structural failure” in the plant’s polishing filters.

    The substances that actually turn the water orange are small particles of MIEX resin, which is used during the water treatment process. However, in this particular facility the filters that are intended to remove the resin from the treated water before it is distributed to the population are no longer functioning properly.

    Essentially, the water filter used by the treatment facility is no longer performing all of its duties. The MIEX resin is effective at lowering the amount of disinfection by-products (DBPs) and dissolved organic carbon compounds from the water, but families are sure to be more at ease if the resin itself is removed from their water.

    The recent assurance from the utility that the water is fine to drink has not eased the concerns of citizens living in the area. Reporters from WFTV-9 talked to multiple homeowners in Osceola County and the consensus seemed pretty clear: if the water is orange, residents are going to opt for a water filter or drink bottled water.

    A resident interviewed in this video claims that he hesitates to drink his water even if it’s clear. Knowing that his neighbors have orange water is enough to raise a red flag according to him. The resident noted, “[the officials] could say it’s not harmful, but common everyday residents probably wouldn’t know the difference as far as what’s harmful and what’s not.”

    The frustrating aspect about this story for residents is that the orange tint isn’t temporary – according to WFTV-9 the city’s water officials that this problem will persist for at least 18 months while the compromised filters are treated or replaced. If murky orange water makes you uneasy then waiting it out is simply not an option.

    Though some residents mentioned switching to bottled water, this solution is impractical and hugely irresponsible since the issue is long-term. Reduce plastic waste and rest at ease in your home by installing a water filtration system that is equipped to handle the contaminants that your city’s treatment plant is not.

    In order to remove the orange resin from your water we recommend installing one of our Whole House Carbon Series water filter systems. The carbon media filters reduce hundreds of microscopic contaminants including chloramines, pesticides, solvents, and more. The pre-filter system targets sediment like sand, silt, and the resin in your water down to 5 micron. Be sure to replace your sediment filter every 6 to 9 months to guarantee effectiveness.

    Take your home’s water quality into your own hands – install a top-quality water filter and say goodbye to that strange orange water.