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Brown water in Pointe Coupee Parish caused by hydrant flow testing, no hazard - officials say

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Information provided by Pointe Coupee Fire Protection District No. 5

Pointe Coupee Fire Protection District No. 5 is currently conducting annual hydrant flow testing based on the requirements of Property Insurance Associations of Louisiana (PIAL). It is necessary to test all hydrants to make sure they are in working order, as well as obtain adequate flow rates and pressure.

During this process, large volumes of water are moved through the system thus causing water to become brown or discolored. This is caused by minerals, sediment, or rust that may accumulated in the water mains over time. When the water from your tap is brown this indicates a disturbance in the water main. A disturbance that stirs up these deposits.

In the event you notice water discoloration, there are steps to clear the sediment from the water lines. Compounds such as iron, manganese and other sediments make it discolored, but they do not have health effects. Although the water may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water.

  • Open the cold water faucets and let the water flow until it is clear. Turn off the faucets.
  • Open the hot water faucets and let the water flow until it is clear. Turn off the faucets.
  • When both hot and cold water are clear, the water is ready for use as normal.
  • Check the faucet screens for trapped particles.
  • Wash a load or two of dark-colored clothes first.
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