Using a repair kit that arrived this afternoon, Hot Springs Municipal Utilities will continue replacing a section of 27-inch water transmission main on Monday, May 15. During the replacement, the section of main will be isolated from the water system to avoid any possible contamination.
Crews will flush and chlorinate the line upon completion of the work. Utilities will collect bacteriological samples late Monday and into Tuesday for testing by the Arkansas Department of Health. If the Health Department lab certifies that the samples are negative, the main will slowly be returned to service on Wednesday. After the main is reactivated, some instances of cloudy or milky water may occur, although this is not generally anticipated. Those signed up for CodeRED notifications should expect to receive a message on Tuesday regarding the return to service.
Repairs sometimes cause cloudy water or stir sediments lying in the bottom of pipes, causing discoloration. There is no associated health risk with these changes of appearance. The sediments are typically minerals, such as iron, manganese and calcium, that settle out of water as it moves through the water system. Cloudy or milky water coming from the tap results from harmless, tiny air bubbles dispersed through the water after a repair. Faucets may sputter until the air dissipates. The following tips can help eliminate the discolored or milky water.
- Run as many cold water faucets as possible simultaneously, including bath tubs, sinks and outside spigots, to clear out any sediment which may have found its way into the service line.
- Do not use hot water or wash light colored clothing until the water runs clear.
If the problem does not clear up within a few minutes, it is possible that the sediment in the water main has not settled out yet. In this case, wait an hour or so, and try again. If the water does not clear up within 24 hours, call 321-6200 for assistance.