A planned water leak repair was completed without complications Wednesday evening in Copperopolis (see initial post here). The repair was needed to fix a leak in a main water transmission line that runs under Copper Cove Drive and had created a wet spot in the area. Calaveras County Water District crews turned off water service to 380 customers at 9 p.m. and the work was finished by midnight. The repair as scheduled at night to minimize impacts of local businesses. After the repair was complete, crews performed flushing operations using fire hydrants to remove any discolored water that remained in the system as a result of the leak repair.
Discolored water is a common occurrence after leak repairs. Opening and closing valves to isolate the area of repair can cause the water flow in the pipes to speed up and slow down, which dislodges mineral build up from the inside walls of the pipe. While these minerals can cause the water to become discolored, the water is still completely safe to drink and there is no risk to public health. CCWD crews will perform flushing operations using fire hydrants in the area, however this does not always remove 100% of discolored water. If customers to experience discolored water after the Copper Cove Drive leak repair, they may open an outside faucet on the lowest point on their property and run it until the water runs clear.