Iron and manganese are naturally occurring minerals that are found in groundwater. These minerals are considered secondary standards by the EPA and are not enforced. Please visit https://www.epa.gov/sdwa/secondary-drinking-water-standards-guidance-nuisance-chemicals for additional information.
Both iron and manganese can precipitate (fall out in a solid form) while travelling through the distribution system. When this happens, the water may become yellow or brown. This often happens in the spring when the wells are turned on, and during construction when pipelines are turned off and on again. If this happens, please contact us so we can investigate the issue. Usually, if you flush your lines for 15 to 30 minutes, the water will clear up. Please visit our Future Water Quality Improvements page to see what we will be doing to remove iron and manganese from our wells.