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Birmingham Water Works Board says discolored water is safe

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Birmingham Water Works Board is blaming Monday’s heavy rainfall for the  discoloration of water throughout the Greater Birmingham area.

Increased manganese levels are to blame for the discoloration, but the Board claims the water is safe to drink and has not issued a 'boil water' alert.

Some residents said they've had discolored water for weeks, while others say it started after the most recent rainfall. 

Whit Fancer lives in Vestavia. He said he has dirty water at least once a year. But lately, he claims it's been yellow for weeks.

Birmingham Water Works spokesperson, Rick Jackson said the discoloration is because of an element called  manganese, and it won't harm you.

But Fancer said he's not taking any chances. "It is frustrating, cause I know I really don't want to jump in the shower when the yellow water is going to come on. Drinking water you know we have a purifier that's fine, that's good. Uh, but I just assume not open my mouth when taking a shower. Some of that water is looking pretty nasty."

Jackson agrees the water doesn't look appealing, but that is because of the increased amounts of manganese. 

The water company claims the element is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is always in the water, just fewer amounts.

Birmingham Water Works said that they are flushing hydrants all over the area in hopes to clear up the water, and even have crews working overtime to make it happen.

But they're asking people to be patient because it may take a few days before your water looks normal.

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