Discolored Water

Discolored water occurs when sediment in the water mains is stirred up by high water flow. This can occur when hydrants are being flushed, during a water main break, or during Fire Department activity. Hydrant flushing is normally scheduled in the spring—sign up to receive an alert!

What to do if your water is discolored 

Is it safe to drink?

Discolored water may not be aesthetically pleasing, but it is safe to drink. If there is ever an unsafe drinking water condition, the Village will use its emergency alert system to make notifcation to all impacted property owners.

We advise against using discolored water to do laundry, as  clothes can become stained.  Additionally, we advise against using hot water until after the discoloration has cleared.

Why does the water become discolored?

Discolored water and trapped air are common occurrences after a water main break or other water system maintenance work. Discolored water is caused by sediment and mineral deposits in the pipes that can be stirred up when the water is turned off and then back on following work on Scarsdale's water system, such as repair of a water main break and certain types of routine maintenance.

What should I do about discolored water?

Flush only the COLD water pipes in your home or business, starting from the lowest elevation fixtures (basement, then first floor, etc.). The discolored water should clear in five to ten minutes, or less. If it does not, please notify the Water Department at 914.722.1138 during business hours, or the Scarsdale Police non-emergency number, 914.722.1200, after hours.