The reddish tint is iron oxide from the water distribution piping. Sudden changes in the system, such as when a fire hydrant is opened, can stir up the iron oxide sediments and cause temporary discoloration. If you run your water for a short time, it should clear. If not, please call our office at 804-561-4565. If during non-business hours, please call 804-561-2118; this is the non-emergency number for the Sheriff's office.
We will send a crew to flush the line. County crews flush the lines through fire hydrants during the year to minimize the buildup of sediments, disinfectants are still present and the water is safe once it clears up.