My water has a reddish tint. What should I do?

The reddish tint is iron oxide from the water distribution piping. Sudden changes in the system, such as when a fire hydrant is opened, can stir up the iron oxide sediments and cause temporary discoloration. If you run your water for a short time, it should clear. If not, please call our office at 804-561-4565. If during non-business hours, please call 804-561-2118; this is the non-emergency number for the Sheriff's office.

We will send a crew to flush the line. County crews flush the lines through fire hydrants during the year to minimize the buildup of sediments, disinfectants are still present and the water is safe once it clears up.

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1. My water is cloudy and is milky colored. What should I do?
2. My water has a reddish tint. What should I do?
3. The reddish water caused a load of clothes to be discolored. What should I do?
4. I think I have a water leak, what should I do?
5. What is the best way to turn the water off at my house in an emergency or for repairs? How?
6. Whom should I call if I notice water running down the street?
7. Can I paint the fire hydrant near my home to make it more decorative?
8. There are colored paint marks in the grass and on the road in my neighborhood. What does this mean?
9. There is an Amelia County crew working in my neighborhood. They have cut and removed the roadway surface, but they are not digging. Why aren't they finishing the job?
10. Sewage is backing up into my basement, who should I call or what should I do?
11. What can I do to prevent sewer back ups?