Because of routine water system operations conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection, residents living between 71st Street and 91st Street between Shore Road and Ridge Blvd in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn may have discolored tap water due to shifting sediments in the water main. This water is safe to drink and does not require boiling, but washing clothes with discolored water may tint or stain garments. If sediment is present in the water, let it settle before drinking.
What is Discolored Water? Discolored water is only an aesthetic problem, and is caused when changes in system pressure stir up sediment in the City’s pipes.
Is It Safe To Drink? Yes, discolored water is safe to drink, but residents who are experiencing discolored water coming from the faucet should let the sediment settle before drinking.
What Should I do? Residents should not be alarmed, but are encouraged to report these conditions via the City’s non-emergency help line at 3-1-1 so that DEP can identify and resolve any problems and efficiently restore the system to normal.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection Public Affairs
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