A large leak in Hemet’s main water distribution line Tuesday effected water pressure, turned water brown and prompted city officials to warn residents not to use tap water until repairs could be made.
The leak occurred in a facility near Ivy Street and Carnation Avenue about 2:30 p.m. and stirred up sediments that turned water brown, according to the Hemet Water Department.
About 5 p.m., water department officials announced repair crews had isolated the water main leak and secured the site for repairs, which would resume Wednesday morning.
Due to the location of the water main line impacted, the department asked all other utilities in the area to locate and mark any underground utility infrastructure near the repair site.
Ivy Street between Wildflower Street and Carnation Avenue will be closed during the repair, officials said.
The brown water caused by the main line leak should begin to subside as system pressure normalizes. Water department officials warned residents it could take up to 24 hours to flush the system and clear water of sediments and the brown color and they could experience a drop in water pressure while repairs were underway.
The discolored water is not dangerous, but the water department recommended that residents temporarily not use tap water for any nonessential purposes in order to allow time for the sediments to clear.
Once repairs have been completed, residents were urged to open their cold water faucets and let the water flow until clear, then do the same with the hot water. Once both cold and hot water was clear, water is ready for use as normal, the water department said.
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