City: Discolored water possible due to water main break, but is safe
Published November 3, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.
Some Newark residents have reported on social media that their water is discolored.
The city’s Department of Water & Sewer Utilities reported on Tuesday that a water main break could cause water discoloration.
The Department of Water & Sewer Utilities experience a major water main break this morning on a large transmission pipe. There was a massive loss of water that created a significant pressure drop in the system. Consequently, there may be discoloration of the water throughout the City today. However, the water is safe to use. We anticipate the repair being completed today.
We’re awaiting an update on the status of the repair.
Separately, the city advised in a September notice that there were elevated levels of lead detected in a number of Newark homes and buildings. We reported on the test results and the city’s Lead Service Line Testing & Replacement programs, which is meant to help property owners replace their lead service lines for a nominal fee.
Brick City Live reached out to the Department of Water & Sewer Utilities to ask about the status of that program, whether more systemic action is required and, if so, what actions the city will take and when. We’ll report back with what we learn.
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