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City says tests show tap water in northern Sacramento now safe to drink

Residents in a portion of northern Sacramento are being urged not to consume tap water after an unknown substance reportedly gave it a purple tint.
Residents in a portion of northern Sacramento are being urged not to consume tap water after an unknown substance reportedly gave it a purple tint. jsleezer@kcstar.com

A day after issuing a “Do Not Drink” advisory for a portion or northern Sacramento where tap water had a purple tint, the city’s Department of Utilities said test results showed the water is safe to drink.

The department sent notices to residents north of Interstate 80, south of Main Avenue, east of Pell Drive and west of Norwood Avenue cautioning them not to consume tap water until further notice. Instead, residents were advised to wash dishes, prepare food and brush teeth with bottled water.

In a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon, the department said flushing of fire hydrants in the area resolved the color issue, and the city is continuing to investigate possible causes of the discoloration. Laboratory results indicated that water samples are normal, the news release said.

“The city will continue to monitor this area daily for at lest a week to ensure the issue does not reoccur,” the news release said, and those results will be posted on the city website, www.cityofsacramento.org/Utilities.

If residents return to the area after an extended absence and see discolored water, they are advised to flush faucets throughout their home until the color disappears. If the color does not disappear, they are advised to immediately call the city at 311.

No irregular health incidents have been reported since the discoloration was first noticed Tuesday night, said Linda Tucker, city spokeswoman.

“It could just be an aesthetic discoloration of the water,” Tucker said, but the city issued the “Do Not Drink” advisory out of an abundance of caution..

The city delivered 4,860 water bottles to area schools and 3,840 to Robla Park for nearby residents, Tucker said. Fewer than 1,000 homes and businesses are in the affected area.

For more information, contact the following phone numbers:

▪ City of Sacramento’s Department of Utilities: 311 or 916-264-5011

▪ California Division of Drinking Water: 916-449-5577

▪ Local County Health Department: 916-875-5881

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Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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