People living near Emory University urged to flush lines to clear brown water

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 30, 2016
A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

A repair to a water main break caused residents living near Emory University to see brown water running out of their taps.

DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management recently repaired a water main break on Shallowford road near I-85. While the repairs were successful, residents noted the odd colored water.

“Many customers are reporting brown water coming from the taps, which is a result of the water main break,” DWM Director Scott Towler said in a press release. “Although the color is unpleasant, there is no reason to believe that the water is unsafe at this time. There is no boil water advisory in effect a this time, but we will continue to monitor the situation and update the public through mass media, our website and social media if circumstances warrant.”

The Watershed Department has deployed additional crews to help flush the lines.

“Customers who see discolored water in their homes should flush their household lines by turning on the outside spigot and run water in their bathroom tubs for a few minutes each,” Towler said.

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