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Rust-colored water safe to drink, say Village of Rockville Centre officials

Officials with the Village of Rockville Centre used their website and Facebook page Wednesday to address community concerns over water quality and assure residents that it is safe to drink despite appearing rusty and discolored.

According to postings on the village website and Facebook page, the cause of the brownish water is iron. The village Water Department's Tower No. 1 is out of service and being rehabilitated, so the village has had to rely on its Maple Avenue tower and wells, "which have a higher concentration of iron than the other wells," the post stated.

"The flow of water in the water main system in some cases has been reversed, causing particles that have built up in the water mains over the years to break loose, adding to the discoloring," the village said.

Because the water is being tested daily to meet Department of Health standards, "we know that the water is safe to drink, cook with and bathe in."

In capital letters, the posts continued: "IRON IS HARMLESS AND DOES NOT POSE A HEALTH RISK WHEN CONSUMED."

The village said the renovation of the water tower is almost complete, and residents should see clearer water by Sept. 1.

The village said Tower No. 1, which is near the high school, uses an iron filtration process. The water tower and wells on Maple Avenue are slated to get an iron filtration plant in the future, the statement said.

"We apologize for this temporary inconvenience and ask that you be patient while we conclude the required work and make efforts to improve the water quality," the village said.

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