My water looks brown and/or rusty in color, what is the cause?

My water looks brown and/or rusty in color, what is the cause?

This indicates a high level of manganese, a naturally occurring mineral. Our area has a higher saturation of minerals, and at times, these minerals can collect in the water main outside of the house (distribution system). Such a buildup is not harmful to our health, and can often be resolved through flushing the system.