Warning from Fargo city official: residents may experience "slight water discoloration"

(Fargo, ND) -- A representative with the City of Fargo sent out an announcement Monday afternoon, warning about how and why residents in the city could experience discoloration in their tap water beginning tomorrow.

The information was shared in a press release:

"The Fargo Fire Department, in cooperation with The City of Fargo’s Public Works Department, will be conducting hydrant flushing and inspections beginning on Tuesday, April 16. This process is completed annually to maintain hydrants and ensure proper working order. Each year, City staff members flush over 7,500 hydrants.

During the flushing process, it is not unusual for iron oxide to become dislodged, which can result in slight water discoloration. If residents experience water discoloration, they are encouraged to let the water run for a few minutes, allowing the iron oxide to clear from the system. If residents notice rust deposits on laundry, please call 701.241.1469 to receive a small packet of detergent that will remove the rust from clothing.

Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when approaching an area where hydrant flushing is in progress, as the roadway and sidewalk will be wet and could affect pavement conditions."