Last week some White Rock customers of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities noticed that their drinking water looked cloudy or white. Department officials indicate that this discoloration is due to trapped air in the water pipes. While it is aesthetically unpleasant, the water is safe and poses no health risk.
DPU’s water crews were repairing a major water main break on the shoulder of New Mexico State Road 4 for several weeks in January. Repairs were completed Jan. 27 and the newly repaired line was recharged with water on Jan. 28 and introduced into the White Rock water distribution system. According to officials this resulted in excessive trapped air in the water main causing some customers to experience cloudy water. The situation will clear itself, but to speed things along DPU crews on Monday, Feb. 3, began flushing water through fire hydrants at various locations in White Rock.
DPU officials thank customers for their patience and recommend flushing home plumbing lines by running all the taps with cold water for several minutes. Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505-662-8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.