Customers in downtown Winston-Salem, Walkertown and Kernersville may notice temporary discoloration in their tap water starting Monday when the water tank at 905 Chestnut St. is taken out of service for inspection, the department said. of Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Utilities in a statement. declaration.
Work is expected to start at 9 a.m. Monday and the tank is expected to be back in service by Friday, the utilities department said.
Potential areas that could be affected are downtown Winston-Salem east of US 52 and north of Salem Parkway, as well as customers from eastern Forsyth County to Walkertown and Kernersville, a said the public services department.
The million-gallon steel water tank, which was built in 1938, is due for an annual inspection as part of the tank renovation project which was completed in 2020, said the utilities department.
Valves will be operated in the distribution system, which can alter flow patterns and lead to water discoloration, the utilities department said. Residents who see their water appearing red, brown or yellow should refrain from washing their clothes to avoid staining light-colored clothes.
Although the water may appear discolored, it is still safe for drinking, cooking, and bathing.
To reduce the impact, the water pipes will be flushed during the change, the utilities department said.