Discolored water in southwest Champaign reported to be safe

CHAMPAIGN— While about 200 water customers in southwest Champaign are currently receiving discolored water, officials from Illinois American Water say the water remains safe to drink or use and should return to normal coloration by Wednesday morning.

Karen Cotton, a spokeswoman for Illinois American Water, said the discoloration is happening because work crews are transferring the water service to a new 24-inch main on Rising Road.

She said some water became discolored during the flushing process.

"The water is not unsafe and it is still okay to drink and use," Cotton said.

Cotton does advise residents to refrain from doing laundry Tuesday evening until the water becomes clear once again.

She suggests running the water for a few minutes until it clears up.

Cotton anticipates all the water to be clear no later than Wednesday morning.

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EL YATIRI wrote on October 17, 2012 at 6:10 am
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It is not just discolored water in southwest Champaign.  Myself and several of my neighbors have been complaining about foul tasting water for months.  The company doesn't even send technicians out to our homes to take samples and check the water.  They just tell us some story about flushing and ask us to run water for a few minutes before using.  We are now drinking just bottled water only because of this problem.

American Water Company ought to take some samples from the homes of the affected customers and send them to the lab to actually verify that the water is safe.

David Illinois wrote on October 17, 2012 at 6:10 am

The Water Company said the dirty water is safe to drink...good enough for me!