Brown water in Lakeside back to normal, says Henrico DPU

Posted at 10:07 AM, Apr 26, 2016

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. --The brown water that poured from faucets in Lakeside Monday night and Tuesday morning has returned back to normal Tuesday afternoon, according to the Henrico County Department of Public Utilities.

Henrico residents contacted CBS 6 Monday night and Tuesday morning concerning the discolored water. DPU said the brown water was not a public health concern.

“Drinking water in the Lakeside area appears to have returned to normal after extensive flushing by the Henrico County Department of Public Utilities (DPU). DPU has received no reports of discolored water since before noon,” the DPU spokesperson said.

Brown water in Lakeside

Tuesday morning the DPU spokesperson said the brown water was not a public-health concern and was a result of sediment and rust in the pipes following utilities work in the area earlier Monday.

DPU said crews continue to monitor water quality and will flush lines in the area throughout the night as a precaution. Customers may report any problems by calling 804-727-8700.

Lakeside is no Flint, brown water ‘not a health concern’

The brown water was noticed in the areas of Staples Mill and Hermitage roads.

"DPU has begun flushing the lines to clear the sediment and rust. Customers also may turn on their cold water at full force for about 20 minutes if they currently have discolored water," the spokesperson said. "DPU expects water to return to normal today."

Henrico DPU director Arthur Petrini said what happened in Lakeside is not similar to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

"The water discoloration is not related to the water-pipe corrosion and health issues as reported in Flint, Michigan," Petrini said. "Henrico County water is not corrosive, and the water plant adds the proper chemicals to properly condition the water. Our water is tested for lead and copper, and the water meets all state and federal requirements."



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