On Dec. 2, the contractor for the Michigan Avenue project performed a flush on the water main being put in.
“They are flushing it, before they quarantine it, to be able to actually hook it up to the main (line),” said Nicole McPherson, engineering administrator for the East Lansing Department of Public Works.
As a result, residents adjacent to this area, in roughly a small subset of the Chesterfield neighborhood, may experience either rusty or cloudy water when they first turn on their faucets.
Although this discolored water does not pose a health concern, residents are strongly encouraged to check their water prior to doing tasks like laundry where discolored water could pose an issue.
Should a resident experience discolored water, they are advised to run their cold-water systems through a non-aerated faucet, such as a bathtub or outdoor spigot, for five to ten minutes until the water becomes clear.
They should also, to the best of their ability, avoid using hot water before checking their cold water. This prevents the discoloration from entering their hot water heaters.
McPherson states that the project is intermittent at this time and should be wrapping up by the end of the week.