Today’s brown-water reports: Highland Park, Arbor Heights

Two more areas are reporting brown water today – Highland Park (18th/Cloverdale) and Arbor Heights. Lately it’s usually been because of hydrant testing stirring up “sediment” (mostly rust) in the lines, but if it happens to you, please report to Seattle Public Utilities, as it’s also sometimes first word of a line break. 206-386-1800 is their 24/7 hotline. And while the utility says the discoloration is not toxic, you definitely don’t want to do laundry until it’s cleared.

3 Replies to "Today's brown-water reports: Highland Park, Arbor Heights"

  • Rhonda June 4, 2023 (12:49 pm)

    Ours is quite brown just east of 35th.

  • anonyme June 4, 2023 (2:14 pm)

    Is hydrant testing always this prevalent and this spotty?  The brown water issue seems to jump from one neighborhood to another and back again.  I’ve been here almost twenty years and have never experienced this widespread brown water issue before.  Something seems off about both the issue and the explanations.

  • Zay June 4, 2023 (7:42 pm)

    I have the same problem and I’m off of Trenton. 

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