Brown, murky water pours from Louisville faucets

Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 18:23:13-04

A not so pleasant sight for Louisville residents Wednesday night.  Some turned on the water and instead of a clear liquid pouring out; they say it was brown and gross.

Wednesday evening some of the residents in Louisville's neighborhoods near downtown had murky, dark brown water coming out of their faucets.  People were sharing the photos of the gross sight all over social media.

Mayor Roger Behrns says the public works was putting in isolation valves and it burst when the pressure was turned back on.  He adds whenever a water line is disturbed the sediment that builds up breaks free into the water supply.

Thursday the water started to clear up, but dirt was still visible and many said the water had stained their toilet tanks. 

Officials say the water was ok to drink because it had been treated.

"We just appreciate the patience of everybody and it was an unusual circumstance and the water's safe and it will clear up. We apologize for the little incident of dirty water," Mayor Behrns explained.

Amy Kloster and her family have lived in Louisville for 5 years.  She says water quality has always been an issue but never like this.

"There's dirt floating in it and when I took off the lid it's almost like there's a bug floating in it.  It's gross, looks like cinnamon dirt or something," Kloster described.

Public works fixed the problem for most of the day.

"We haven't had treatment until the last 7 or 8 years and before that it was a very common occurrence to have that kind of water, but we've had such good quality water it's a very unusual circumstance," Mayor Behrns added.

Mayor Behrns says the valve they were trying to install is actually made to help prevent issues like this from happening.

They hope to have the water back to normal by this evening.