Water from the taps in the eastern suburbs may look a little discolored today, but the Cleveland Division of Water says it's safe to consume.
The discoloration is due to manganese, which is a natural-occurring element in Lake Erie, the source of the water supply, a water division media release said Friday.
Higher than normal levels of manganese on Thursday entered the division's Nottingham Treatment Plant, which serves a number of eastern suburbs, including Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Beachwood and Mayfield Heights.
As a result, the water has a yellowish color. Water officials said residents should avoid doing laundry, especially lighter-colored clothes, which could get stained.
Crews are working to flush the system. Officials expect the water to clear up in a few days. Other steps also are being taken to minimize the impact of the manganese.
The water division said the amount of manganese allowed in drinking water is not regulated.
For more information, call Cleveland Water 24-hour Trouble Line at 216-664-3060.