Brown water in Alki, Upper Fauntleroy

Thanks for the reports, first from Michael: “We are experiencing brown water from sinks and toilets in the 63rd Ave and Alki (Avenue) area.” Second, from Pete. who sent a photo: “I just started getting water that is not clear from my tap. I live on 37th Ave SW between Henderson and Barton.”

Most-common cause is hydrant testing, which agitates sediment (rust) in the lines, but if and when it happens at your home/business, please always notify Seattle Public Utilities – the 24/7 hotline is 206-386-1800.

6 Replies to "Brown water in Alki, Upper Fauntleroy"

  • ADAM April 20, 2024 (2:16 pm)

    I saw SFD opening a hydrant at 41st and Andover earlier today and they were walking 41st south to do another. They were definitely out doing hydrants! 

    • Pete April 20, 2024 (2:38 pm)

      I also talked with SPU. They mentioned that the SFD does a lot of this during sunny weather. The suggest you give it a day or two to clear and don’t drink the water, and don’t wash light color clothes until it runs clear. 

  • Meghan April 20, 2024 (9:48 pm)

    We definitely have yellow ish cloudy water starting around 5pm (42nd Ave SW/Dakota) anyone know how long we should steer clear of drinking it?

  • Lee April 21, 2024 (9:23 am)

    Still discolored this morning in the Fauntleroy area…

  • Jason April 28, 2024 (8:33 am)

    I’m getting some discoloration on 59th down towards Charleston and Andover – is this still happening elsewhere?

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