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Discolored water caused by iron and manganese oxide sediment is safe to drink. During such discolored water episodes, your water continues to meet or surpass all state and federal drinking water standards for public health and safety. ACWD cleans its water mains annually to remove sediment, which helps to minimize discolored water episodes. For further details regarding this program, visit the District's Main Cleaning Program page.
2. If the water does not clear after a few minutes, wait another hour and repeat the process until the water is clear at the outside front hose faucet.
3.Flush the cold water faucets throughout the house. Start by flushing the cold water faucet in the bathtub. If you are concerned about wasting water, water the backyard from the backyard hose bib for several minutes or until the water clears.
4. After the tub or backyard faucet runs clear, flush all of the other cold water household faucets; starting from the front of the house (nearest the street), then the rest of the cold water faucets within the home.
5. If necessary, remove faucet aerators and clear any particles and then reinstall them.If the water still fails to clear, contact ACWD at (510) 668-6500.