Winston-Salem residents may see discolored water because of repairs

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents in western Winston-Salem and western Forsyth County may notice discolored water starting Monday when crews with the City-County Utility Division begin repairing a 36-inch water transmission line at the intersection of Vienna-Dozier and Skylark roads, city officials said.

The Swann Water Treatment Plant will be deactivated to make this repair, the city said. Other water-treatment plants and pumping stations will pump more water than normal, resulting in higher flows in the western part of the division’s water-distribution system.

These higher flows may result in discolored water, which will be red, brown or yellow in color, the city said.. Residents in the Southwest, West and Northwest wards could be affected.

Crews will flush the lines to reduce likelihood of discolored water. Affected residents should refrain from washing clothes if they see any discolored water, the city said. Otherwise, the water will be safe to use.

Residents who experience discolored water should report it to CityLink at 311 or (336) 727-8000.

By John Hinton/The Winston-Salem Journal