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‘Rusty Water’ Plagues University City After Water Pipe Maintenance

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Water Department is advising those in the University City section of Philadelphia that their water may be affected by recent maintenance work.

“Rusty water” has appeared in the area after crews performed routine maintenance on water pipes in University City. While it’s not a health concern, crews are in the process of identifying the extent of the area and flushing hydrants to push the rusty water out.

Customers in University City are urged to limit the use of water, especially hot water, until the rusty water is completely cleared from the pipes. Filter systems should be checked for clogging by the rust. Once it’s cleared from the pipes, customers can flush their cold water taps to make sure that rust has not accumulated in the plumbing.

Customers with health concerns should contact their health care provider before drinking or using the water.

Customers can also call our emergency hotline at 215-685-6300 with any questions.

Water quality checks will be made in the area Monday night and Tuesday.

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