Have you seen brownish water come out of your faucet before?

@cream97 (29175)
United States
September 9, 2008 11:35am CST
When you go to turn your water on, the water has a brownish tint to it. I have seen this, when I moved to my apartment. The water in the tub will not be clear, it will look brownish or rusty like in color. Does that mean that the water could have been kept off for so long? Water should not look like that color at all. It looks dirty.
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@relundad (2312)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I have heard of this when the water has been off for some time. Unless there is a major problem with the plumbing you should be able to run the water consistently until it runs clear. By all means doesn't drink it or cook with it until it has been boiled. Also I would contact the water authority to see if it is safe even after then.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I ran a tub full of water twice before washing in it, and it still remained to be a brownish color.. How strange... It may could be something more than what it is..
• United States
9 Sep 08
Your water being brown could be because the water system has not been used for awhile. Just let the water run until it clears up and it should get rid of the accumulated stuff. If it keeps it up, see if you can contact the maintenance people or the landlord about it.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Yes, that is what, I assumed too. Thanks for your comment!
• United States
15 Sep 08
it could be,but it could also mean the local water company is flushing the lines. our water often turns a sickly brown when they do this.you have to open the faucet for a while to run it out.
• United States
10 Sep 08
its just probably that no one has used it in awhile so its set in the pipes and got funky.. run all the water in the house till it clears and then it should be ok
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Yes, it could be that the faucets haven't been used for a while. Then the water comes out brownish. But in an apartment building this should disappear quickly. It should come out clear before the tub is full. If after running it for a while the water doesn't clear, it's not the lack of use that causes the discoloring. In that case it might be bad pipes. Considering that your landlord doesn't seem to take much care of the building and apartments as I deducted from one of you previous posts, it is not too far-fetched. It might be broken or brittle pipes that allow dirt to get in. Don't drink that stuff! In some areas the color is off. It's some sort of mineral in the water that causes the discoloration. You may have some investigating to do. If it is bad pipes the housing authority might take an interest and force the landlord to fix it. Keep us updated;)
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
10 Sep 08
When I lived in Mississippi the water was like that. It hasn't bothered anyone there for many years. I don't remember why they said the water was that way. If it's just water being less used it should clear up after a short time. You can get a sample and have it tested if you are worried about it.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Hi Sweet This does happen right after they flush our hydrants near us and once when we had a broken pipe down the street. They told us to boil drinking water for 24 hours plus to let it run till clear. xoxoxoxoxo
@Mitraa (3188)
• India
9 Sep 08
This is due to removing of rusts present in the pipeline. The pipeline contains water in nonmoving state, when the tap is off. In this condition, rusts accumulate and when these rusts come out, it makes a brownish colour! Thanks.
@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
9 Sep 08
That might be sediment in the pipes from lack of use. Let it run awhile and see if it clears up. If it doesn't, talk to the landlord because it could have parasites and bacteria in it. It sounds as if that isn't a good place to live. Can't your caseworker find you something better?
• United States
9 Sep 08
I would run the water for a little while and see if it clears up with use. If not I would call the land lord. Good luck to you in your new apartment.
@sunkissed (4332)
• United States
9 Sep 08
cream, is it only the water in the tub that is this way or all of the water in the apartment?You are right the water should not be like this at all. I would contact the maintaince people to see what is going on.