It is impossible to tell exactly how long it will last, but most homes would likely see discolored water for an hour or less. The crew will continue flushing water mains until it is completely cleared up.
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Yes, the water is safe to drink. The color is from naturally occurring minerals in the water.
Discolored water could stain your laundry. You should refrain from doing laundry if you are experiencing discolored water in your home.
If you get discolored water in your home plumbing, running cold water in your bathtub is the fastest way to clear it up.
If you have trouble getting the water in your home to clear up, please call the Public Works Department at (509) 585-4419 and they will take your information and dispatch someone to your home to flush the water service at the meter.