If my water becomes discolored, what can I do about it?

On occasion, you may find that the tap water or water supply to your home has become discolored and rusty-brown in appearance. In almost all cases, this is the result of rust and iron scale buildup in the water mains which loosens and becomes dispersed in the water supply. The Water Utility addresses iron scale build-up and potential "red water" by routinely flushing the water system.

If you experience "rusty water" at a time other than when the Water Utility is doing routine hydrant flushing, you should run your tap water for a period of about 5 minutes. If water is still discolored, wait about 15 to 20 minutes and run your tap water for another 5 minutes. In most cases, this routine repeated two or three times will usually clear up the water discoloration. If it does not, you should then call the Water Utility, and an operator will be dispatched to take corrective action.

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1. Water and Wastewater Emergency Contact Information
2. How do I get help from the Water & Wastewater Utility after hours, on weekends, or on holidays?
3. I recently moved in/out of the Village of Grafton. How do I update my Water & Wastewater Utility account?
4. There was a water main break near my house recently. What do I do if I'm experiencing unusual water system issues?
5. What should I do if my sewer "backs-up"?
6. If my water becomes discolored, what can I do about it?
7. How does one check for water leaks in the house?
8. When are Water & Wastewater services billed?
9. What options are available for payment of Utility bills?
10. Where can I pay my water bill?
11. What are the ‘flat charges’ on my water bill?
12. What is the typical water bill for Village of Grafton residents?
13. Why is my drinking water cloudy at times?
14. What is the hardness level of Grafton’s water, and do I need a water softener?
15. How do I know my water is safe to drink?
16. How do my water & sewer rates compare with other Wisconsin communities?
17. Does Grafton have any summer sprinkling restrictions?
18. What is the oily film in my water when I make coffee?