On April 30, 2019, the City of Huber Heights will be working on the pressure zone project. The plan (if all goes as expected) is to increase the pressure slightly. This increased flow could disturb a harmless mineral (iron) that settles in the water mains and cause a discoloration of the water until the system adapts to the increase in pressure.
Though rusty water may look and taste unpleasant, it is not generally a health concern. Iron in water is not a sign of harmful bacteria or lead, which are hazards. The limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for iron in drinking water are based on aesthetics (taste, odor, color), not safety concerns. The City of Huber Heights meets all drinking water standards including those set for iron. If you notice your water is discolored do not do laundry until the water runs clear, if you have already started doing laundry do not dry any clothing until the disturbance is over. When the water runs clear,re-wash the items before drying. Your local grocery carries “Iron Out” and other similar products that will remove discoloration from clothing if it is stained.
Most importantly, if you experience a rust color in your water, first make sure your hot water faucet is off and run the cold water for at least 5 minutes to see if it runs clear, if not please call the water department at 937-233-3292. Click here for more information on discolored water.