What causes discolored water?

Iron and manganese, harmless minerals that occur naturally in well water, can cause discoloration. A malfunctioning water softener may also cause discoloration. In the spring, routine hydrant flushing may stir up deposits within the pipes, resulting in rusty/discolored water. This can be cleared up by turning on all the cold water faucets (including bath and shower) at the same time and letting them run for a few minutes to clear the lines. Discolored water is perfectly safe for consumption and bathing. You should avoid doing laundry until the discoloration clears up. If you have a load that was washed during the discoloration, do not put it in the dryer. You should rewash the items as soon as possible after you have flushed your faucets.  

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1. What is the hardness of our water in Rosemount?
2. What causes low water pressure in my home?
3. What causes discolored water?
4. Why does my water have an unpleasant (sulfur) odor? How can I get rid of that?
5. When and why are hydrants flushed?