ELSBERRY, Mo. – People who live in Elsberry, Missouri said they are concerned about the color of their water.
Alliance Water Resources told FOX 2 that the discoloration is the result of water usage from a recent fire.
The local fire department tank trucks were filled from a hydrant located near the water treatment plant. The tank truck fill rate was high enough to scour the City’s water mains and cause water to be discolored downstream in the water distribution system.
City officials say Elsberry has pipes more than 80 years old. Any drastic pressure change such as filling a firetruck, a water main break, or flushing hydrants, can cause sediment to break loose, discoloring the water.
The water company said the water is still safe to drink and use.
Workers have been flushing the system to get rid of the discoloration.