MLGW customers could see brown water as 'necessary improvements' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MLGW customers could see brown water as 'necessary improvements' are made

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

People who live in Midtown and Downtown Memphis could see brown water while MLGW performs "necessary improvements."

A multi-million dollar project to improve the infrastructure in part of the Bluff City started Monday.

"Sometimes the water be real light brown," Anthony Hall, who has lived in a house near the Mallory Pumping station for seven years, said. "Sometimes it tastes alright and sometimes it doesn't."

Hall is one of thousands of customers in Midtown, Downtown, and north of Downtown who will see some of the effects of the more than $2 million in improvements being made to the Mallory Pumping station. 

The work will upgrade equipment that is almost 100 years old.

Residents in the area welcome the change and the increase in the quality of their water.

"You get sick from the bad water and I think it's a good idea," Bobbie Oliver said.

MLGW said homes and businesses will not lose service because of the work, but they have noticed lower water pressure and water discoloration.

The utility department said work should be completed in April. If residents see water discoloration, MLGW promises it is not harmful or toxic. Customers are advised to run the water until the discoloration goes away.

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