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Water Officials Determine Cause Of Water Contamination Scare

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Sacramento water officials have determined the cause of discolored tap water that prompted a "Do Not Drink" warning last week to a small area of North Sacramento.

Sacramento's Department of Utilities says the cause of the purple-tinged water was a higher concentration of manganese, a metal that can occur naturally in ground water.

The department says it deposited in the pipes over years and then somehow got dislodged. Officials say there are no known health impacts, even at the higher levels found in the water last week.

The city says the pipes were flushed and manganese levels have returned to normal. And they will continue to monitor the area north of I-80 near Norwood Avenue as needed.

Sally Schilling

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Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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