CLEVELAND, Ohio — Some Cleveland Water customers in the eastern suburbs could be dealing with discolored water over the next few days, but officials say the water remains safe to drink.
A news release from the city of Cleveland says the discoloration is being caused by high levels of manganese, a mineral that naturally occurs in rocks, soil, and many types of food. Although water might appear yellow or light brown in tint, it does not need to be boiled to be safe for drinking, officials say.
Water might have a slight metallic bitter taste, especially when heated, officials say. They warn that residents should avoid doing laundry because the discolored water could stain clothing.
Affected areas include Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Euclid, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights and South Euclid.
The discoloration is caused by hypoxic Lake Erie water coming into the Nottingham Water Treatment Plant in Euclid, officials say. Hypoxic water, which means it is low in oxygen, can have elevated levels of manganese. Officials say the levels of manganese in hypoxic water are “highly variable” and “challenging” to remove, but the plant is adjusting the treatment process.
The elevated manganese levels are temporary and crews are flushing hydrants throughout the affected area in an effort to minimize discolored water, the news release says. It’s unclear how long water might be affected.
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