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Some Lakewood Ranch residents to see discolored water from main break

Manatee County Utilities, which says the water is safe to drink, is working to repair a leaking pipe near Lake Manatee.

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Manatee County issued a release Saturday morning saying that some residents, and especially those north of the Manatee River, will be experiencing discolored water as Manatee County Utilities works to repair a leak in a major transmission line.

The leak is near the county's water treatment plant at Lake Manatee, according to the release.

Besides discolored water, the county also said some residents will experience lower-than-normal water pressure. The county release said the water is safe to drink.

If service interruptions are necessary, the county will notified those affected. Anyone who experiences an interruption of service without being notified should contact the county by calling 311.

The release stated: "Crews discovered the leak in a section of the water line from the 1970s on a prestressed concrete cylinder pipe that is an integral part of the water delivery system which will need to be isolated to be repaired fully. Crews have closed valves around the leak to enable emergency repairs to begin. Repairs are anticipated to be completed before the end of the day Sunday."



Jay Heater

Jay Heater is the managing editor of the East County Observer. Overall, he has been in the business more than 41 years, 26 spent at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay area as a sportswriter covering college football and basketball, boxing and horse racing.