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Officials warn against drinking discoloured water

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Winnipeg officials say residents in northwest Winnipeg should not drink discoloured tap water.

Today, scheduled maintenance at the McPhillips Water Pumping Station has temporarily caused discoloured tap water for some residents in northwest Winnipeg.

City of Winnipeg officials said the maintenance is essential to ensuring high-quality drinking water and is typically conducted overnight. Any time there is an increase or change in water flow in the distribution system, the natural buildup in the water mains can temporarily cause discoloured tap water.

Officials said discoloured water should not be used for food or beverages, medical or dental procedures or laundry. While it won't make you sick, it may not taste or smell great, the city said.

To check whether the water is discoloured turn on cold water and let it run for a few minutes. If it is discoloured, run the water for 10 minutes, and then wait 30 minutes. If discoloured water persists for more than two to three hours, residents should call 311.

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