Nov 2, 2012 7:30 AM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News
For the next two weeks, people in Santa Maria may notice a difference in their tap water.
City of Santa Maria water users will be provided with drinking water from City wells instead of the State Water Project.
The city says you may notice a slight difference in the water due to the increased hardness and mineral content. They say the well water does meet all State and Federal standards.
The State of California Department of Water Resources is doing annual maintenance.
The City usually takes advantage of these shutdowns to flush portions of the water distribution system to remove particles. The annual flushing program occurs on a four-year cycle, cleaning 25% of the system each year.
The following is a schedule of flushing:
The city says if this happens in your home, run an outside faucet to flush the water through pipes until it appears clear.
They say this is temporary and cannot be avoided, and the discolored water is not harmful to public health. They also suggest to delay laundering clothes until the water has cleared.
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