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Brown water flows out of taps in 50 Punggol blocks

SINGAPORE — Residents in 50 blocks in Punggol received a shock when they turned on their taps yesterday afternoon and saw brownish water running out. However, the national water agency PUB said the discoloured water is safe for drinking.

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SINGAPORE — Residents in 50 blocks in Punggol received a shock when they turned on their taps yesterday afternoon and saw brownish water running out. However, the national water agency PUB said the discoloured water is safe for drinking.

In a press statement, it explained that the discolouration was caused by sediments in a water pipeline that were stirred up during valve operations it carried out at noon yesterday. These sediments are actually minerals in tap water that settled down over time in the pipes, it added.

The PUB said the valve operations were carried out on a transmission water main along the Tampines Expressway in preparation for the connection of a newly-laid pipeline.

After it started receiving reports of the discoloured water at 2pm, the PUB sent teams of officers to the area to flush the mains. The officers also went home to home of affected residents to flush their service pipes.

It added that the water will clear after leaving the taps running for a while.

The PUB also deployed two water tankers and water bags to provide temporary water supply to those affected.

For feedback, members of the public can contact PUB’s 24-hour call centre at 1800 284 6600.

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