Richlands Residents Seeing Red In Their Water

Red-colored water flowing out of your pipes is not harmful, that from the Onslow Water & Sewer Authority.

Residents and businesses primarily in downtown Richlands are seeing the problem.

ONWASA says the discoloration is due to ongoing work in the area. A large water draw caused sedimentation in old pipes to be pulled through the system.

Wednesday morning ONWASA will be redirecting the water flow to help pull the discolored water out of the pipes.

While the water is safe to drink, the water system suggests that people avoid doing laundry until the system is completely flushed.


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  • by Dave on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    Don't drink the water! There's BLOOD in the water!
  • by mmmmmmmm on Jul 14, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    i would love to see the folks at ONWASA filling up their glasses with that rusty water! would you scrape some pipes and put that mess in your drink? i think not! and is everyone going to have to go around smelling since they cant wash their clothes? this is a terrible way to treat your citizens!
  • by CW McCall Location: Trucking on through on Jul 14, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Don't worry it's just rust. Richlands used to be called the town with perfect water I guess ONWASA changed all that
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 14, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    If the Onslow Water & Sewer Authority say it's safe to drink, then let them drink it. I sure as hell wouldn't.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    YOu mean, don't wash your clothes until they fix the problem? Give us a break. I think they better get started working on this problem pronto!! Drink it? No way.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 14, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    HOPEFULLY it's just rust from the pipes. I do remember once where a community had discolored water and a bad smell to the water. Upon investigation by the water company, a dead human body was found in the water tower.
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