Water line pressure testing may result in “brown water” coming out of faucets and filling toilets in some areas of Newport over the next couple of days.
Beginning Monday, May 16th, the City of Newport Water Distribution Division will begin mandatory testing of water line pressures, requiring the opening of fire hydrants to full bore.
Newport residents in some areas of town will probably see “brown water” continuing for about two days. The color is due to a harmless sediment that normally lies dormant in the water mains but gets stirred up when large amounts of water are pushed through the lines at higher-than-normal flow rates.
If you are experiencing brown water during this testing phase, please be advised the water is safe to drink. However, you may want to stock up on bottled water. Bottled water is available at no charge at the city shops and city hall if you want to fill containers. Additionally, we advise against doing any laundry during this time. Once the testing is completed, you can flush your water lines by opening the cold water taps in your house and the hose faucets in your yard for about 15 minutes or until the water runs clear.
We understand this is an inconvenience for our customers and we appreciate your patience.
Contact Person: Lanny Schulze, City of Newport Water Distribution Supervisor 541-270-2009 (or Public Works main office: 541-574-3366)