Brown water in West Utica unrelated to manganese levels of recent weeks

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Many residents in West Utica said they were experiencing brown water Monday, even worse than in recent weeks.

According to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, though, the incident is unrelated to the ongoing issue of manganese in the water that has plagued the Mohawk Valley in recent weeks.

The Authority said that the Psychiatric Center was scheduled to do fire flow tests for their sprinkler systems on Wednesday, but for unknown reasons chose to do it Monday without notifying the Water Authority.

The Authority said they had planned on sending out an announcement to media and residents on Tuesday about the testing, and were caught by surprise when the testing was moved ahead of schedule to Monday.

The Authority says they are getting numerous calls about discolored water in the West Utica area as a result.

Water officials say they were opening up more hydrants Monday night, trying to increase the flushing in the system to bring the water back to normal for residents.

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