Utilities Division customers on the west side of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County may notice some discoloration in their water on Wednesday, March 6, when the division takes a water tank out of service for maintenance.
The 10-million-gallon Chitty Water Tank, at 2230 S. Stratford Road, will be out of service through June. The water tank was constructed in 1961 and periodically must be recoated inside and out to prevent corrosion from causing structural damage.
When the tank is taken out of service, changes in flow patterns in the water distribution system may result in discolored water that appears red, brown or yellow.
The potential areas affected are the west side of the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, west of Stratford Road to Reynolda Road, including portions of the Southwest, West and Northwest wards.
Citizens who experience discolored water should refrain from washing clothes as any discolored water could stain light-colored clothing. Although the water may appear discolored it remains safe.
To minimize the impact of this maintenance on customers, Utilities Division personnel will flush the lines during the changeover. Citizens who experience discolored water can assist by calling CityLink at 311 or 727-8000. Reports of discolored water will allow Utilities personnel to prioritize their flushing efforts.