Brown-water reports in West Seattle Junction area

We’ve received multiple reader reports this morning about discolored water in the West Seattle Junction area. No water breaks reported so far; a frequent cause is fire-hydrant testing, and as Seattle Public Utilities confirmed to us last week, a recent change in procedure may be stirring up more sediment (mostly rust) in the lines when that’s done. If it happens to you, be sure to report it to SPU at 206-386-1800.

9 Replies to "Brown-water reports in West Seattle Junction area"

  • Peter S. May 22, 2023 (5:20 pm)

    @WSB:  Unrelated, but any info on the steady stream of water coursing down the eastbound lanes of Admiral Way below the Schmitz Park Bridge and 57th SW?   It’s been there for four or five days now.  Saw an SPU truck there a couple of days ago, but no apparent remediation or mitigation action.  This is a couple of blocks down the hill from where a major break happened a while back causing a sinkhole in Admiral Way.  TIA.

    • WSB May 22, 2023 (5:55 pm)

      Have not heard of nor seen that (we seldom travel that way, though). Have you called it in? Please do! SPU 206-386-1800 is a good place to start – road stuff is generally SDOT but water is always SPU, even in roads.

      • Peter S. May 23, 2023 (10:37 am)

        Good reminder.  Yes I did, even though I didn’t think it necessary with the SPU truck there.

  • Kristy May 22, 2023 (5:33 pm)

    We definitely have brown tinted water

  • Cat Mom May 22, 2023 (5:54 pm)

    Water still brown.. West of Alaska Junction.  Anyone else?

    • L May 22, 2023 (6:53 pm)

      Yup. Is it safe? 

  • Phil May 22, 2023 (7:15 pm)

    Discolored for sure. Called it in, northwest of Junction. Was told they expect it to be temporary and was a result of routine fire hydrant servicing.

  • Kadoo May 22, 2023 (10:53 pm)

    We live west of the Alaska Junction. We had brown water this morning, then it cleared up, but tonight it’s back again. 

  • anonyme May 23, 2023 (9:06 am)

    The WSB has been reporting brown water on at least a weekly basis for some time now.  I assume fire hydrant testing is a regular procedure, so why should this cause such frequent and persistent brown water issues now, and not in the past?

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