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August 2015 – Discolored Drinking Water
Ground water supplied (well) drinking water systems may experience yellow, orange, or brown water during high demand times (such as hot and dry weather). The discoloration of the drinking water is typically caused by iron particles. Iron in the drinking water is not a primary health concern according to the Safe Drinking Water Act. Iron in the water does cause aesthetic/nuisance problems in the water system. The increase in iron particles is often due to the need for backup wells to run to maintain system pressure. Backup wells often do not have iron removal treatment. Customers can help decrease the need for backup wells to provide water by adjusting their sprinkler systems to water lawns outside of the higher demand times of 5:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Customers could also contact an in-home treatment company for appropriate water treatment equipment.
Current Boil Water Notices
There are no current large boil water notices (large boil water notices are those that affect more than 200 service connections). Boil water notices affecting fewer than 200 connections will not be listed here as a notice is hand delivered to the affected service address.
Current Water Restrictions
Outdoor water use restrictions are in effect for Commerce Township, Farmington Hills, Keego Harbor and Royal Oak Township. Please click on the corresponding link to the communities' restrictions or contact the community for specific details.
Current Water Public Notices
Common Water Questions
Please click here for common boil water questions and answers. Please click here for additional Drinking Water Information.