Why does the water sometimes have a brownish color?

Occasional water discoloration is due to fire hydrant flushing and fire flow calculating, which is done on a regular, but infrequent, basis. These procedures cause a high flow level to get the data needed. Unfortunately this stirs up sediment in the main lines which causes temporary water discoloration. The sediment is just minerals that have settled in the mains and are not harmful. All discoloration should disappear within 24 hours. Running cold water through your pipes will help to clear it out.

If the discoloration doesn’t go away within 24 hours, please call the City of Snoqualmie Public Works Department at 425-831-4919. We can come out and flush the lines. After hours, please call 425-323-0101 (pager) or call 425-831-4919 for a recorded message that will provide contact directions.

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1. Who provides water service in Snoqualmie?
2. What kind of water do we have in Snoqualmie?
3. Do we have a choice of changing the type of water we get at our home?
4. What is the difference between hard water and soft water?
5. What can I do about household cleaning problems caused by hard water?
6. Why does the water sometimes have a brownish color?
7. Why does the water sometimes have a strange odor?
8. Does Snoqualmie’s water supply contain fluoride?
9. Who should I call if I have questions about the water quality or water operations?
10. Who should I call to set up utility service?
11. How do I close my account?
12. Who should I call if I have questions about my water utility account or billing?
13. What if I believe I have been overcharged due to a defective meter?
14. I am planning on installing an irrigation system. What do I need to do first?
15. What if I have an existing irrigation system?
16. What are your fire hydrant use policies?