Water weirdness in north West Seattle? You’re not alone

April 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm | In Genesee Hill, Utilities, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Reports of discolored water have come in via e-mail, via Twitter, and the WSB Forums tonight – mostly in the Genesee area. Residents who checked with Seattle Public Utilities say they were told fire crews were running the hydrants earlier today; via e-mail, Eileen adds, “They suggested not running much hot water right now since it will fill up your hot water tank w/ sediment. Wish I’d known that before running the dishwasher tonight!” If you’re having this problem tonight – or encounter it some other time – check out this online advice from SPU.

11 Comments

  1. Thank you! I’m on Genesee Hill and the water’s all cloudy tonight, was wondering what was going on…

    Comment by soosan — 9:50 pm April 23, 2013 #

  2. bummer; I’ve had that happen before; why do they do that without any notice to residents?

    Comment by Diane — 10:10 pm April 23, 2013 #

  3. We live about 8 blocks west of the Junction and our water is reddish brown. Started about 8:30 pm tonight.

    Comment by Bob — 10:11 pm April 23, 2013 #

  4. Has anybody seen a change in water pressure? I imagine it is just coincidental that we are seeing the colored water and having a change in pressure….but thought I’d ask before I call a plumber!

    Comment by momoftwoboys — 11:19 pm April 23, 2013 #

  5. 8 blocks west of juction and 2 south of Genesee water still muddy this morning

    Comment by kc — 6:28 am April 24, 2013 #

  6. We have had this problem several times in the last couple of months east of Cali Ave. Not hydrant related though. I called the city a couple of times and they assured me it was fine to use. The first explanation was that there had been a lot of water used fighting a couple of fires and that the reservoir needed to settle.

    Comment by Kerry — 8:36 am April 24, 2013 #

  7. Our water is clear this morning. Just west of the Junction. It just takes time for the water to clear.

    Comment by Bob — 8:39 am April 24, 2013 #

  8. I agree with Dianne-if not for the WSB, I would not have known the reason for the change in water color/clarity within the house. Bummer as we did run some showers, dish washings and laundry. I would not have done this had I been informed. How is information such as this made known the homeowners/Seattle Public Utilities customers in advance of the activity (so we can respond appropriately and preventatively in advance)??
    Thanks.

    Comment by norskgirl — 12:52 pm April 24, 2013 #

  9. When SPU does work that could cause discolored water we usually provide notices in advance. But SPU would not know when Seattle Fire is testing hydrants or fighting a fire that draws down the main.

    Comment by Susan Stoltzfus — 5:50 pm April 24, 2013 #

  10. Thank you, Susan, for the patient clarification.

    Comment by norskgirl — 7:17 am April 25, 2013 #

  11. Happening to us now too. Genesee Hill – 52nd Ave. Had a truck on our street earlier today. Not sure what it was, but water was streaming down our street.

    Comment by Bill — 10:28 pm April 30, 2013 #

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