Within the next few hours, Hot Springs Municipal Utilities will reactivate a section of the 27” water transmission main that was repaired last week. The water has been tested and is safe for consumption.
It is possible, although not generally anticipated, that some instances of cloudy or milky water may occur after the main is reactivated. Repairs sometimes cause cloudy water because of air in the lines or stir mineral sediments within the pipes, causing discoloration. This has no impact on water safety. Faucets may sputter until the air dissipates. The following tips can help eliminate the discolored or milky water.
- Run as many cold water faucets as possible simultaneously, including bath tubs, sinks and outside spigots, to clear out any sediment which may have found its way into the service line.
- Do not use hot water or wash light colored clothing until the water runs clear.
If the problem does not clear up within a few minutes, it is possible that the sediment in the water main has not settled out yet. In this case, wait an hour or so, and try again. If the water does not clear up within 24 hours, call 321-6200 for assistance.