From Bethlehem Water and Sewer Resources Director Ed Boscola: The City of Bethlehem has been receiving dirty water calls over the past couple of weeks from several areas in our service territory but primarily in the northern areas of the City and Hanover Township. We are investigating the cause(s) but believe it may be due to a few recent water main breaks in the City which can stir up silt particles in the piping and can take several days to work its way through the system and settle down. The water remains safe to consume and there are no boil water advisories in effect.
Customers should cold water intermittently (not hot water if it can be avoided) to see if it eventually clears and to NOT run it continuously.
Running faucets continuously just brings in more sediment from the main into your home. Running hot water brings sediment into your hot water heater.
Customers should use their best judgment when using water for cooking and cleaning.
We'll keep you apprised of updates.
Edward J. Boscola, PE
Director - Water and Sewer Resources
City of Bethlehem