Water Demand & Discoloration

We are aware that there is an issue with discolored water throughout the City. This is due to the hot weather creating a higher demand for water.

Our pumps are working hard to keep up. Our average daily production is 1.1 million gallons per day. Last year we averaged 1 million gallons per day during this time of the year. Our normal average is approximately 300,000 gallons per day. The fact that in the last 24 hours we have pumped 1.6 million gallons of water is a significant increase in water consumption.

The increased volume of water moving throughout our water system is stirring up the natural minerals in drinking water that build up on inside of the pipes. As a precaution, prior to using hot water, run the cold water tap for a few minutes to ensure discolored water is not drawn into the hot water tank.

All of Milton’s water system is served by groundwater. Groundwater is typically high in mineral content, especially iron and manganese. These minerals build up inside the distribution mains.

We realize that this is aesthetically displeasing, however no health risks are associated with the discoloration.

The City of Milton Public Works crew will initiate an aggressive Flushing Program starting this Fall to clean City’s water mains to improve water quality by removing sediment that slowly builds up at the bottom of the water main over time. The City will inform residents before starting the flushing program by posting notices on the website.