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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Natural conditions causing change in color of water supply

Naturally occurring higher levels of iron and manganese causing some change in water color

The City of Abilene Water Utilities Department would like to assure our customers that drinking water is safe to consume despite a naturally occurring change in color that may be affecting treated water from the City of Abilene Public Water Supply. 

The change in color is due to higher than normal levels of iron and manganese in the drinking water, which are the result of natural processes occurring in two of Abilene’s water supply lakes; Hubbard Creek Reservoir and Fort Phantom Hill Reservoir. Many utilities across the state occasionally experience similar, elevated levels of iron and manganese in their water supply lakes.

Iron and manganese do not pose a health risk to the public, but may affect water appearance and taste. At current levels, the iron and manganese may also stain plumbing fixtures or laundry.  

The City of Abilene Water Utilities Department wants to assure our customers that all water treated by the Department receives complete treatment in accordance with state and federal regulations, and meets the Primary Drinking Water Standards as established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

City of Abilene Water Utility staff regularly evaluates its raw water sources and treatment processes to address issues like this. If you are experiencing unusual color in your drinking water, it is recommended you flush your line for a few minutes. If flushing does not correct the problem, please contact the Water Utility 24-hour emergency number at 325-676-6000.

Naturally occurring higher levels of iron and manganese causing some change in water color


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