Work on Pipes May Cause Discolored Water in Watertown

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Watertown residents could be seeing some strangely colored water as the MWRA does work on pipes, which could stain clothing when being washed.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be reactivating a water pipeline in Waltham and Watertown on Monday, July 27, 2015, according to an announcement.

This work may cause discolored water for a day or two in Watertown in the area South of Main Street, and in Waltham in the area South of Main Street and East of Bright Street to the Watertown line, according to the MWRA. No pressure loss is expected as a result of this work.

If discolored water does occur, it will result from a small amount of iron in the pipes. While safe for drinking, cooking and other uses, please note that iron will stain light colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used, the MWRA said. Residents should check water clarity before washing any white or lighter colored laundry during this period of work.

Please call Jeff McLaughlin at 617-305-5762 to report any concerns.

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