Problem at pumping station turns water brown across portions of Shelby County

If you live in Memphis or Shelby County and your water was brown Thursday morning, MLGW officials say it is safe to cook your dinner.

MLGW spokesperson Chris Stanley said a problem at a water pumping station caused the water to turn brown in parts of Cordova, Arlington and Lakeland.
The official said the discoloration was caused by iron and is not a health hazard.  But, the water might have a metallic taste, and people allergic to iron should not drink it.

"If its very brown and you can't see the bottom of your cup you don't want to use it," Stanley said. "But just allow your system to run, and then it should be clearer for you to drink at that point."

Stanley said customers should avoid washing clothes, dishes, and cars until the water is clear.

The utility hoped to have the problem resolved by Wednesday evening.

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