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Edwardsville officials: Water discolored, but safe to drink

Amber colored water poured from the tap at the Edwardsville Public Works office. Amber colored water poured from the tap at the Edwardsville Public Works office. Image source: Fox 2 News

   The water in some parts of Edwardsville may be a little brown, but it's still safe to drink.  That's the message from Public Works Director Tim Harr.  

   He says a break in a 14 inch transmission line caused workers to reroute water city-wide and that may have stirred up sediment.  As a result, about a thousand of the more than 9,000 water customers in Edwardsville, including the Public Works Department, are seeing discolored water from their taps.  

   Harr says the water is safe to drink. "We’ve tested it," he said.  "The chlorine residuals are where they’re supposed to be, within the epa regulations.  It doesn’t taste funny.  It just looks a little funny with the sedimentation."

   Harr says city workers opened 4-5 hydrants Wednesday to help flush the system and it might help if residents run their own taps 10-15 minutes to flush the lines.

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