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Posted on: March 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Discolored Water

If you are experiencing discolored water trouble shoot with the following examples: 

First turn your water to the cold position.  Let it run for 5 – 10 minutes.  Your water should clear up.  If it doesn’t, call City Hall at (509) 837-3782.  Please leave your name and your contact information so we can promptly get back to you.

Second, turn your water to the hot position.  If your water shows signs of discoloration, there is a good chance that your hot water tank has deposits in it.  Flush your hot water tank.  If you are not familiar with how to flush sediment out of a water heater, there are guides on line where they show you step by step.

Here is an example of a step by step process:

1.    Turn the Water Heater Off.

2.    Turn the Cold Water Valve Off.

3.    Let the water cool.

4.    Attach a drain or garden hose to the drain valve on the side of the tank.

5.    Place the end of the hose in a bucket or drain.

6.    Turn on a faucet (or two)

7.    Start draining the tank by turning on the drain valve.

8.    After the water heater tank has finished draining the sediment, turn the drain valve off, remove the hose, turn the cold water valve on, and turn the heating elements in the water heater back on.  Make sure not to turn on the heating elements before the water heater tank is filled.

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