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Buzz: Brown water is back in downtown Pensacola (update)

December 21, 2016

Update: We spoke with ECUA Public Information Officer Nathalie Bowers about the issue. Crews were on site to address any residual issues and have been flushing mains since mid-morning.

Residents and businesses located in the area are reminded that they may need to run the cold water tap only for five to ten minutes to clear any residual discolored water in their location’s plumbing. It is best to use the tap located at the farthest point from the water service line enters the building. This is generally located in the back of the structure.

Inweekly received a few text message from downtown businesses that report the issue appears to have been solved.

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Inweekly is receiving reports that downtown business are again experiencing brown water. If ECUA isn’t able to clear the water lines, downtown restaurants may to have close for a second consecutive night.

Last night, ECUA crews were on site in downtown Pensacola responding to reports of discolored water. Crews flushed lines for several hours and worked to determine the source of the problem. There were no apparent or reported water main breaks or loss of system pressure that would explain the sudden appearance of discolored water.

By 10:15 p.m., ECUA reported crews had cleared the problem. All hydrants were flowing clear. The utility advised, “Residents and businesses located in the area may need to run the cold water tap only for five to ten minutes to clear any residual discolored water in their location’s plumbing.”

Inweekly has left a message with ECUA. Stay tuned.

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