City: Water may be discolored, but safe

The city of Grand Junction's water department on Tuesday warned residents that they may experience discoloration of their water when they turn on the tap.

City water is safe, officials said, despite it possibly containing discoloring mineral deposits like iron, calcium and magnesium, which may have been dislodged from the inside of water pipes following a recent maintenance project done in conjunction with the Clifton Water District.

Even though the discolored water is safe, the city recommends that residents who experience discoloration turn on the faucet closest to where their service line enters the home and let the water run for a few minutes. If after three to five minutes the water does not run clear, residents are asked to call city customer service at 244-1579.

On Monday the Clifton Water District similarly warned their customers about discolored water, after the district said it was sending some of its water to the city of Grand Junction and the move could cause slightly discolored water.

Government offices to close for holiday

A number of offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

■ City of Grand Junction administrative offices will be closed on Thursday. There will be no trash pickup on Thursday and pick up will be delayed by one day the remainder of the week. There will also be no recycling collection on Thursday. Thursday's recycling collection will be delayed until Friday.

Thursday will also be a parking meter holiday. Visitors to downtown Grand Junction can park in metered spaces for free, including the parking garage on Rood Avenue.

■ Many Mesa County offices will be closed. The one-day closure does not include the Coroner's Office, Criminal Justice Services, or emergency functions of the Sheriff's Office. Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

■ All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Thursday. Library patrons can visit to place holds, renew materials, and use eResources such as Mango Languages, the OverDrive Digital Library, and RBdigital Magazines.

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