After warning of rusty water earlier this week on Detroit’s east side, officials on Thursday said residents can resume using their water after flushing their plumbing for 5 to 10 minutes.
The instructions apply to residents in the Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside neighborhoods, as well those whose homes border those communities.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department gave the following instructions for flushing any remaining sediment from plumbing before using it for drinking, cooking or washing:
- Remove faucet aerators (screens) from all water taps in your home by turning clockwise to loosen. You may have to use a wrench.
- Beginning in the lowest level of your home or business, open all the cold water faucets, including sinks, showers and bathtubs.
- Let the water run until clear and then for an additional 5 to 10 minutes at the last faucet you opened on the top floor.
- Turn off each faucet starting with the first one you opened on the bottom floor.
- Clean the aerators with an old toothbrush, rinse and reinstall by turning counterclockwise.
DWSD and the Great Lakes Water Authority said they continue to investigate the cause of brown, rusty water that was reported on the east side earlier this week. There was no indication the discoloration was related to recent flooding in the city, a water department spokesman said earlier this week.
The water became clear after DSWD and GLWA opened about 50 fire hydrants and let them run, the water department said Thursday in a news release, adding that there are no indications of a water quality issue.
Anyone who still has brown, rusty water after completing the flushing steps is asked to call DWSD at 313-267-8000.
DWSD and GLWA continue to investigate the cause of the discolored water.
Contact Joe Guillen: [email protected]