An increased demand on Winnipeg’s water supply is causing some residents to experience discoloured water.
The city said Tuesday that while the water is not aesthetically pleasing, it remains safe to use in everyday activities. However, due to its potentially unpleasant smell, the water shouldn’t be used to prepare food and beverages, medical and dental procedures, or laundry.
Winnipeg has seen temperatures in the 30s the past few days, causing many to increase their demand for water as the heat lingers.
If residents have discoloured tap water, they should check if the water is clear:
- Turn on a cold water tap (preferably a bath tub water tap without a strainer) and let the water run for a few minutes. This water can be collected and used to water plants.
- Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn’t last long. If the water still isn’t clear after two to three hours, contact 311.
The city says daily average of reports to 311 of discoloured water in August is 140, or less than one percent of the total water accounts.