Why is my water brown and what can I do?

Temporary discoloration of water may occur as iron particles are cleaned from the pipes. Although this discolored water is not harmful to your health, you should avoid use of chlorine bleach when washing clothes to avoid staining of laundry. Running the cold water tap for a few minutes is usually sufficient to restore the flow of clean water to your home. If water quality problems persist, residents should call the Utility Division at (978) 325-5600.

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1. How do I dispose of a television or a computer monitor?
2. Whom do I call if I have a problem with my STEP sewer system?
3. Whom do I call if there is a problem with my City-maintained Grinder sewer system?
4. Whom do I contact if my trash and/or recycling was not picked up?
5. Why is my water brown and what can I do?
6. How do I dispose of alkaline and rechargeable batteries?
7. There is a pothole on my street; whom do I contact?
8. Will chloramines affect the way I treat my swimming pool?
9. How does chloramines affect fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and pets?
10. Does letting the water sit for a few days remove chloramines from tanks or pond water?
11. Can I use chloraminated water to prepare my baby's formula?
12. What can I do at home to help reduce fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from entering the sewer system?
13. Does the DPW sell compost bins or rain barrels?