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Monroe water taste, color issues due to hydrant testing

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Has the water in Monroe left a bad taste in your mouth?  Public Works Director Tom Janway says that's due to hydrant testing and warm weather.

This week, the Monroe Fire Department has been conducting hydrant flow tests in some parts of the city. During that process, build-up inside the pipes can break loose and enter the water. Janway tells KNOE that the water is still safe to drink.

Another cause for the discoloration and taste is the warming on Bayou Desiard. According to Janway, the same reason why parts of the Bayou look really green, is why the water may be a different color.

Again, Janway says the "grassy" or "dirt" after taste, is not a health concern. 

He says the fire department will be flushing the lines out over the weekend, and for now, they've stopped the hydrant testing.
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