February 17, 2014
If you live in some areas of Western Albemarle, you might have noticed off-color water in the past few days.
While instinctively when you look at yellow water, if feels wrong to drink...the experts say that doesn't mean it’s unsafe.
Tim Brown of the Albemarle County Service Authority says "testing continues to show safe drinking water. In terms of the residual chlorine content in the water...micro-organisms are growing in the water, the level of disinfectant in the water, and chloroform bacteria testing too which is a basic test for defining potable water or safe drinking water. This assures the customer no micro organisms are going in the water."
But that doesn't answer the question of what caused it.
And the truth is, they still don't know. But there are some baffling factors.
The issue is in pockets of areas, not widespread.
And most of the reports have come in of yellow water, but also blue and green at different times, which could indicate different issues.
They are continuing to test daily to find out the issue.
Crews with the service authority are doing have had success with flushing the pipes in some locations.