LENOX — A power failure Sunday night, which affected the town's water treatment plant at the Root reservoirs, has caused discolored water in some neighborhoods, officials said Monday.
Fire Chief Daniel Clifford urged residents to not drink discolored water or do any laundry until the water clears up.
The treatment plant, which is serviced by Eversource power lines from Richmond, was affected by a power outage in parts of that town and Pittsfield following an electrical storm late Sunday.
"The outage caused pumps at the water plant to turn off and on several times," said Clifford. "That created a surge in the water line that is responsible for the discolored water."
DPW Superintendent Sean VanDeusen reported receiving calls about discolored water from the downtown business district, West, Yokun and Cliffwood streets, as well as East Street.
The water lines will settle and clear out over time on their own, said Clifford. But he advised residents that they can help the process by running faucets for 5 to 10 minutes every hour until the water turns clear.
Asked when the problem would be resolved, VanDeusen said it was hard to predict. "I hope it doesn't last into Tuesday but can't make any promises," he said.