Town of Erie Department of Public Works

Water Discoloration
Arapahoe Ridge and Surrounding Areas

As a result of a flow test conducted near the Safeway on Arapahoe Road and Hwy 287 at 10:30 today, August 7, 2019, there may be slight water discoloration in the immediate area. The test was to ensure pump function and overall pressure. The water is safe to drink. Staff are flushing to assist in water clarity. Customers should start to see clear water in a few hours.
Discoloration occurs when there is a pressure change in the distribution system where water and fine sediment and rust particles are stirred up in the pipe, which are normally settled at low flow rates. Discoloration is likely to occur with construction, when a fire hydrant is flushed, a valve is operated, a main is broken, with natural ground movement or if additional pumping capacity is added to the water systems.
The Town flushes its water mains annually to reduce sediment.
What you can do:
If your water is just slightly discolored, the color of a brown paper bag or lighter, open all and only your cold water taps and let them run 5-6 minutes. Flush your toilets 2-3 times.
If the initial cold water flush does not clear up the problem, wait about an hour and repeat flushing. This amount of water should not affect your water bill. Do not wash laundry in discolored water, it will discolor light clothes.
For more information, contact Public Works at 303-926-2870.

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