Don't do Laundry in Newburgh for a While

Water officials are warning people in Newburgh not to do laundry for a while.

Indiana American Water is working on the discolored water issue. IAW says the discoloration is due to slightly higher than normal levels of manganese, a naturally occurring mineral present in the area’s groundwater sources. Officials say manganese does not pose any risks to human health, but it is noticeable at very low levels and can stain laundry if discolored water is used.

In a statement, Newburgh Superintendent Roger Johnson says the water mains are being flushed in areas where they have received calls about discolored water. Johnson also says they have adjusted their treatment process and operations and anticipate these measures will result in lower manganese levels in the distribution system over the next several days.

Indiana American Water is asking customers to refrain from doing laundry if they notice discolored water and to allow several cold-water faucets to run for a short time until the water runs clear. Using more than one faucet allows the water to clear more quickly.

Customers who have questions about the discolored water may call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-492-8373.

 

(This story was originally published on Aug. 25, 2017)


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