Many residents in the downtown region of Newport have been experiencing cloudy water over the last few hours. This was caused by inadvertent pipe scouring during the operating transition between the old and new water treatment facilities. The cloudiness in the water is caused by suspended manganese that normally lines the walls of the water distribution pipes. A sudden surge in water such as a fire hydrant being turned on will cause the manganese to break away from the pipe walls.
The water is safe to drink but you should wait to do laundry or use a lot of hot water until the manganese settles out. Using hot water causes the manganese to collect in the hot water heater.
The city is actively flushing the lines but the cloudy water issue is so widespread across town that it will likely need to settle in the lines before the water clears up. This may take several hours. The city apologizes for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.