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Meridian Water Division to flush water mains starting Monday

Water may appear red, brown or black
Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 20:19:14-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — If your water suddenly turns brown next week, you might want to read this before you panic.

Starting Monday, the Meridian Water Division will be flushing water mains to clear out naturally occurring sediment. The process happens every year, but can sometimes cause tap water to look red, brown, or black. The effect is temporary, but if your water looks that way, run cold water through your faucet at full stream for a few minutes until the water is clear.

Officials say you should also check your washing machines and your ice makers for any sediment during the flushing period. Your water pressure might also fluctuate.