WCTV has received reports that brown water has also been noted in parts of Shell Point, Oyster Bay, Spring Creek, and Live Oak Island.
Talquin Electric is reporting that the cloudiness in the water comes from the iron in the pipes. According to a resident, a recent fire in Wakulla Gardens may have contributed to the issue.
Talquin Electric says it will take time to fix the situation--possibly three days. They're advising that the water does have chlorine in it, but it is best to buy bottled water until this situation is under control.
Press Release: Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Talquin Electric Cooperative is aware of the water color issues in the Wakulla Regional Water System in the vicinity of Wakulla Gardens off Shadeville Highway and is actively working on resolving the issue. Talquin has been working throughout the week on the issue. If you have clothes, tubs or toilets that have been discolored, please go by the Wakulla area office to get the cleaning solution for this issue.
The water color issue is believed to be due to high holiday demand and a lengthy dry weather event along with a house fire on Sunday that required the fire department to place a high demand on the system. Sediments from iron and manganese that have settled within the pipeline were re-suspended and discolored the water.
Please make sure to run water from an outside spigot or bath tub faucet until the water runs clear to assure that water has been flushed before operating appliances.
What is being done?
Talquin has service men working throughout the area and is activity flushing water mains to correct the problem. Talquin will be working in the area through the evening until the issue is resolved. Sporadic discoloration may occur in areas that have been cleared until the whole event has been cleared.
How to get information
Contact Talquin Electric Cooperative Water Services at (850) 562-2115 or after hours and holidays call 1-888-802-1832