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Improvements to water pipes in Tacoma causes temporary discoloration, sediment in 3 neighborhoods

The potentially affected area includes an estimated 144 food service establishments. Any food service establishments will need to take steps if they notice water discoloration.

On Aug. 20, Tacoma Public Utilities began improvement work on water pipes in the Hilltop, Downtown, and Stadium neighborhoods. See the map below for the affected areas. On Aug. 21, the work is causing discoloration and sediment in the water. TPU is working quickly to restore normal water service.

Visit TPU’s website to learn more.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants food service establishments to take these steps during this brown water advisory event:

  • Suspend dishwashing and produce washing activities until the water runs clear. 
  • Turn off all ice machines, soda machines, espresso machines, and other equipment that draws water during use. 

Once the water returns to normal:

  • Run all faucets for 5-10 minutes until the water runs clear
  • Discard all ice in the ice machine. Make another batch and discard the ice.
  • Flush lines that carry water—soda machines, espresso machines, and other equipment.
  • Drain and refill the dishwasher. 

Follow this guidance to provide your customers with the best dining experience and to protect your equipment.

Food service establishments should call (253) 798-6460 or email with any questions.