Red Water Flowing in Miami-Dade, Florida

April 24, 2003

About a half a million South Florida residents possibly are seeing red coming out of their faucets today.

It's the result of red dye flowing through more than 100 million gallons of water at a Hialeah water treatment plant.

That in turn causing pinkish water to flow from the faucets of thousands of sinks throughout Miami-Dade County.

One man said, "I turned on the water, the water came out and it was pink."

One worker at a Northwest Miami-Dade dry cleaner said, "We stopped for a little while, let it clean out and then we started cleaning again."

Water testing done today by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management in a well field in Northwest Miami-Dade resulted in the harmless red dye entering Hialeah's water plant.

They were studying how water flows underground and apparently the water flowed so well, it sucked up more red dye into the system than anyone had anticipated.

Bill Brant of The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department says, "It's unfortunate that we had the dye work it's way all the way into the distribution system and into people's home's and buisinesses … the water is perfectly safe, you can cook with it, you can bath in it, you can drink it … I'm drinking it, it's perfectly alright."

The area that are effected are: Palm Springs North, residents Country Club of Miami, Miami Lakes, parts of Unincorporated Northwewst Miami-Dade, North Miami Beach, North Miami, Aventura, and northern portions of Miami Beach.

The tinting is expected to fade away over the next two days.

Source: WSVN-TV Online