Water main break means brown water for Ithaca’s northside this morning

We’re hearing that a water main break is responsible for discolored water coming out of municipal water taps on the City of Ithaca’s northside on Tuesday morning.

Safe but not very pretty. Photo courtesy of David McKinley.

Safe but not very pretty. Photo courtesy of David McKinley.

In general, discolored tap water is safe to shower or bathe with and even to drink. Area residents should hold off on doing laundry, though, and may want to wait before drinking or cooking with the water, until the pipes have been flushed and taps run clear.

We’ve learned from the City of Ithaca Water & Sewer Division that the water discoloration relates to an emergency water valve replacement this morning on the 400 block of Utica Street, near East Lewis and Tompkins Streets.

Camille Little of Ithaca’s Water & Sewer says residents should “run their cold water until it runs clear, then they can use their hot water.”

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