Discoloured tap water due to leaves

Samples confirm that water is safe for consumption

Some residents in Abbotsford and Mission have noticed discoloured tap water, but water samples taken late Oct. 24 confirmed that the water is safe.

A city notice says the water’s current yellow tinge is a result of excess tannins in the water at Norrish Creek. Tannins leach out of decaying organic substances, such as leaves, and dissolve in the water.

Filtration cannot remove the dissolved tannin but the water is safe to drink. Water samples have been taken at distribution points throughout Abbotsford and Mission, and test results confirm that the water is safe.

City staff perform routine testing to ensure water quality is maintained throughout the year. Results are regularly posted online at www.ourwatermatters.ca/Water-Quality, and residents with concerns about their water service can contact the engineering department at 604-864-5514.