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Cleveland Water: Discolored water in some East Side communities safe to drink

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Posted at 6:37 PM, Sep 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-02 18:38:32-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Water Department said Thursday that some residents in East Side communities may have discolored water, but it is safe to drink and no boil alert is in effect.

Cleveland Water said the discoloration is due to "higher than normal levels of manganese." Manganese is a mineral that can be found in soil, rocks and even food.

The following communities are affected:

  • Beachwood
  • Cleveland Heights
  • Euclid
  • Gates Mills
  • Highland Heights
  • Hunting Valley
  • Lyndhurst
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Mayfield Village
  • Pepper Pike
  • Richmond Heights
  • South Euclid

"The water meets all primary drinking water regulations," Cleveland Water said. "The discoloration, which appears as a yellow to light brown tint, is due to hypoxic Lake Erie water coming into our Nottingham Water Treatment Plant."

The discoloration is temporary. Workers are flushing hydrants in the area.

Cleveland Water said the Environmental Protection Agency has a secondary standard for manganese, "which means its presence in water is an aesthetic concern and at levels above 50 parts per billion (ppb) discoloration can occur but it is not considered a health risk."

If you have discolored water, Cleveland Water asks that you call 216-664-3130 to report it.

"We are tracking discolored water complaints to strategically flush hydrants and have shifted much of the system load away from the Nottingham plant," Cleveland Water said.

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