Dirty water not a health concern, city says

Residents and businesses of the City of Cranbrook connected to the city's water system were experiencing water discolouration last weekend.

  • Sep. 16, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Residents and businesses of the City of Cranbrook connected to the city’s water system were experiencing water discolouration last weekend.

The cause has been determined to be the water in the Phillips Reservoir where the city draws its drinking water has turned over – a normal and naturally occurring phenomenon, which has increased the amount of sediment taken in by the water system intake.

Public Works water crews are continually monitoring the water quality. It is expected the discolouration could occur for a couple more days until the dirty water works its way through the system. The current discolouration is not considered a health concern. Residents and businesses experiencing dirty water are asked to run their cold water taps for about an hour, which will help move the dirty water out of the system.

The city apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.