Spring Run-Off and Discolored Water

Is discolored
tap water safe
to drink?
Every spring, we receive
questions, comments,
and complaints from
customers when their
tap water develops a
slight discolored tinge.
This discoloration is a
normal part of the
runoff process. The
water is safe to drink
and to use for
washing clothes and
During the spring runoff,
as the water flows over
leaves and twigs it can
develop some
discoloration, similar to
what happens when you
put tea leaves into
water. This discoloration
can persist even after
water is treated in our
treatment plant.
Don’t worry, the
discoloration will go
away as the snowmelt
lessens in the summer.