Currituck County says discolored water should ‘clear up soon’

North Carolina

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – Several Currituck County residents report that their water has been discolored for days.

A Facebook post by Currituck County Government confirmed the issue on Saturday night, stating:

“The Currituck Water Dept. is aware and is flushing lines to correct the problem. The water has been treated and is still safe for use.

This discoloration is the result of regular maintenance on tanks at the Water Plant that was completed Friday night. With the flushing of the lines, all customers’ water should clear up soon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

On Monday, there were customers still reporting brown or yellow hued water.

10 On Your Side reached out to county officials to get answers to the customers’ questions about when they expect the water to clear up and whether or not it is safe to drink if their water is still discolored.

Tuesday morning, officials added a new post to their Facebook page stating that the water department was continuing to work on clearing out the discolored water but said the water was safe to drink.

The post also said that the county is making changes to its maintenance procedures to prevent the water discoloration from happening again.

Currituck County officials responded to WAVY’s email request Tuesday morning saying the flushing takes time, but the water should be cleared up in the next day or two.

The discoloration happened after maintenance was performed. That maintenance happens every eight to 10 years.

“Because of this situation, the standard operating procedure for this maintenance will be adjusted to try to prevent this from occurring in the future,” a county spokesman wrote.

Currituck County customer service has been answering residents’ questions about the water over the phone, the spokesman said.

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