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July 12, 2017 06:08 PM

Discolored Water In Brandon? There's A Reason For That

Brandon, SD

If you live in Brandon, you might notice your water looks a little different. 

The city of Brandon has posted on its Facebook page it's now pulling water from a well that doesn't filter out iron or manganese.

So, the city says, residents could see discolored water. KELOLAND News talked to more than a dozen people in town, and most hadn't seen or heard about murky water.

City Hall says there's no reason to worry, but homeowners could see a new rule coming.

Local track and field athlete Ellie Holmes didn't know about any discolored water.

"Nope, this is the first I've ever heard of it," Holmes said.

The city started using this well, called well number three, at the end of last week, city administrator Bryan Read says. The reason why is simple enough: the city needed more water. Read doesn't know how long the city will use well number three.

"We usually try to run it for about a week, is all, just to supplement, hopefully the word will get out to start conserving water, and then once that demand is down, we'll turn number three off," Read said.

Read says there's no health risk. And if your laundry is looking sub-par, don't worry.

"If they see discoloration in their laundry, there are some products on the market to remove those stains or that they can put in prior to doing their laundry," Read said.

In the meantime, he's asking people to follow the rules. Another rule could be on the way.

"So if people could just follow the watering restrictions that are currently in place, we won't have to take any more drastic measures. If this continues, we will take a look at banning all watering, all outside watering," Read said.

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