Kennewick Residents Wake Up To Brown Water Tuesday Morning
Posted by Fernanda Lopez, Producer/Reporter - email
Some people in Kennewick woke up to find brown water coming out of their faucets Tuesday morning.
KENNEWICK, WA - Some people in Kennewick woke up to find brown water coming out of their faucets Tuesday morning. It affected people living on West 12th Ave. between Reed Street and Perry Street.
"Well I couldn't believe it, the water was brown," said Sheila Brown, Kennewick Resident.
Brown tried calling the city Tuesday morning after realizing her water was brown but they were not open for business yet.
By around 9:00 a.m. city crews were out in her front yard flushing out sediment from the main water line.
The city says construction work down the street on Morain shut down some water lines several streets over and when the water came back on, the pressure caused sediment already in the pipes to flush into people's water lines.
Evelyn Lusignan, City of Kennewick said the sediment is not dangerous, people just have to run their faucets for 10 to 15 minutes and the brown water should turn clear.
"And it's just a timing issue if some sediment gets stirred up in the main line and one home happens to turn on their faucet while that's flushing through, then it can pull that sediment into their home lines and the home next door, it may have all flushed by then," Lusignan said.
She also added that customers will not see a big difference in their water bills after flushing their pipes. According to Lusignan, running water for 10 to 15 minutes would only cost about $1 to $2.