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City's water system to be adjusted tonight

Late this evening, Sunnyside residents are asked not to be overly concerned if they notice their tap water is slightly discolored.

Sunnyside Public Works Superintendent Ken Ott said crews from his department will be readjusting the sequencing of the wells later tonight. The annual ritual is required each spring when the demand for city water is expected to rise.

"Basically, we've been using just one well," said Ott. "As the weather gets warmer and the demand for water becomes greater, we need to get the other wells on-line."

The sequencing readjustment of the wells requires the water to be flushed through pipes that haven't been used for several months. Because of that, local residents may notice a slight discoloration of their tap water.

Ott said if that proves to be the case, there is no cause for alarm. He explained the water, still considered clean by all acceptable standards, merely contains excess minerals built up in the lines.

The "flushing" won't occur until about 10 p.m. tonight (Tuesday). By Wednesday morning, Ott said everything should be back to normal.

"If anyone has any problems with their water after that, they should give us a call," Ott said.

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