Officials clear up concerns about brown water

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette officials cleared up concerns this week about brown water coming out of some residents’ faucets Monday night.

Brown water was coming out of some pipes in the southern part of the city. Mayor John Dennis and Utilities Director Dave Henderson said since Monday night they haven’t received any complaints.

Indiana American Water blames the problem on mineral build up in the pipes. The company shut down its Happy Hollow Plant for maintenance, so all the water was running from the North Ninth Street plant. That meant the water began flowing in the opposite direction causing the mineral build up.

Henderson said these are safe minerals that already have daily contact with the water.

“Our water in this area, as everybody knows, contains a lot of minerals,” Henderson said. “It’s hard. As it’s passing through the mains, you’ll have layers of scaling and sediment for in the pipe.”

Crews have been flushing out hydrants to get everything back to normal.

Indiana American Water said the Happy Hollow plant is still shut down and is expected to remain that way the rest of the week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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