Oklahoma State University's campus water turns orange

For the past few weeks, elevated manganese levels have turned OSU's water supply a rusty orange color. OSU officials have put out campus notices saying the water is safe to drink, but the color has left some students unsettled.
by Silas Allen Published: September 10, 2013

Since the problem began, OSU officials have handed out bottled water to students living in residence halls and installed additional water filtration systems at campus dining halls and some laundry rooms.

A notice released Tuesday said the water entering the university's water treatment plant was clearer and showed lower levels of manganese. It could take several days for the new, clearer water to replace the discolored water already in the system, according to the notice.

Although the discoloration is unsightly, it shouldn't pose a health risk, said Tim Ward, assistant director of water quality for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Manganese can affect the color and taste of water, he said, but it doesn't make the water unsafe to drink.

“Normally, it's not something that would cause a health problem,” he said.

Contributing: Reporter Jonathan Sutton contributed to this report.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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