Albemarle Co. Residents Express Concerns over Tinted Water


February 15, 2014

Some Albemarle County residents have been reporting yellow water coming from their faucets after this week's snowstorm.

Residents in areas around Crozet, including Wickham Pond, say the water has a yellow tint. They said it's hard to make out in small quantities, but it's more apparent in bathtubs.

After several residents called the Albemarle County Service Authority complaining about the water, a crew was sent out to flush the water system on Friday.

Apparently fire hydrants in the neighborhood were drained for about 5 minutes.

After word spread, residents in Westhall and Old Trail started to voice concerns over the same water conditions in their areas.

Officials with the Albemarle County Service Authority say they are aware of the problem. Despite initial reports to avoid using water from the faucets, officials now say the water is safe to drink and there is no need to boil it.

Some residents say safe or not they just want to be informed.

"I wish if there was something wrong that they had a better system in place to notify people to not drink the water until they can identify what it is. I don't think people would be so panicked or upset if they had a better information system in place," says Melissa Yniguez, a concerned resident.

Authority officials say they are still looking into what caused the discoloration.


STATEMENT FROM ALBEMARLE COUNTY SERVICE AUTHORITY:

Over the past two days the ACSA has received several calls about "discolored " water. We have tested the Crozet water both at the treatment plant and at several residences and in our Crozet system, as recently as several hours ago. We have found the water to be safe and of drinking water quality. We have had our employees out in the field meeting with residents, checking water, and flushing lines to assure the highest quality water we can deliver.

If a resident has a concern about their water, contact our 24 hour emergency phone number at 977-4511 so we can dispatch an employee to come and check your water.


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