ESSEX—More than a dozen Essex residents reported a bad odor and color to their water last week-and now the Department of Public Works think they’ve found the cause.
According to Jennifer Combs, Public Relations Officer for the Department of Public Works (DPW), there were two water valves at Virginia and Eastern boulevard that were closed last week and when they were opened the water trapped behind them had become stagnant and mixed in with residents’ regular water.
To fix this issue, The Department of Public Works (DPW) is flushing fresh water through the fire hydrants. Residents can expect low water pressure while this is happening.
The DPW tests for petroleum and hydrocarbons came back negative and the chlorine levels in the water are at a safe level and should be ok to consume.
However, if people are still experiencing an odor or discoloration to their water they should use proper discretion.