Philadelphia Water department issues advisory on rusty water

    The Philadelphia Water Department says the flushing of water mains has left many residents in University City with discolored water.

    The utility advises against drinking the rusty water, although it says the discloration poses no health threat. Here is the text of its advisory:

    People in University City should consider switching to bottled water and to postpone doing their laundry for a few days. The Philadelphia Water Department has issued a rusty water advisory for the area:”While Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) crews were performing maintenance on the water distribution system in University City, rusty water resulted in some properties in the area. PWD crews are in the area and are in the process of establishing the extent of the impact. Crews are also taking water samples and flushing hydrants to correct the issue.”PWD has not specified where exactly in the area this issue has been found.The advisory states that rusty water is not a health concern, but it is not pleasant to drink and shouldn’t be used to wash laundry. Residents with health concerns, however, are advised to contact their health care provider before drinking or using the water. If you have questions, please call PWD’s emergency hotline at 215-685-6300. You can also find more information and updates on PWD’s Facebook page.

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