Several Kannapolis residents have reported a discoloration in their water, but officials say it’s not harmful to drink.
Residents from throughout the city have called city offices and described their water color as ranging from a pale yellow to orange, depending on the location, according to a city press release.
John Erickson, manage of the city’s water treatment plant, said our area’s recent heat wave caused an influx of the element manganese from Kannapolis Lake.
“Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral and is not considered harmful to drink,” Erickson said in the release. “We are working on removal of the manganese at the water treatment plant and are flushing hydrants at problem areas of the distribution system throughout the city.”
The discoloration can cause stains when doing laundry, especially with white clothing, according to the city.
Officials said residents should see noticeable reductions in the discoloration by July 10, and the issue is expected to be completely resolved by July 11.
The city is using social media to update residents.