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Identify the problem causing rusty and/or discolored water.
The likely cause of stained laundry due to rusty water is fire hydrant usage in the nearby area from firefighting, water main flushing or hydrant flushing.
Common types of stains that may be attributed to water quality include blue-green (copper), rust (iron), and black (manganese).
Taste and odor problems that may typically be detected by consumers are related to seasonal events, localized degraded water quality, chlorine taste and odor, or internal problems.
The effects of water hardness are generally internal to the residence.