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‘Freak occurrence’ causes rusty water in Mineola

The Mineola Water Tower was constructed in 1927.

The Mineola Water Tower was constructed in 1927. (June 26, 2012) (Credit: Amy Onorato)

Mineola residents experienced rust in their tap water on Thursday, after a valve opened and released it into the water system, the village said.

A village official called it a “freak occurrence,” adding that nothing toxic entered the system.

“It was rust, not anything that wouldn’t be found in the water system,” the official said.


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Mineola is home to about 6,000 residential and commercial water customers, though the village said only a portion of them were affected. To flush out the rust, residents were told to run their tap water until it was clear.

“It was just a question of how long it took people to flush out the lines in their homes,” the village official said.

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