According to a message from the city, Pearland provides water to nearly 40,000 homes and businesses. The extreme weather is putting the entire system under stress, resulting in lower water pressure and brown water in certain locations.
Despite its appearance, brown water reaches Pearland's standards.
Flushing until brown water is gone puts extra strain on the already-stressed system. The brown coloring is caused by iron deposits that have built up in wells that have not been dialed up to offset the drop in pressure. It is not harmful, according to the city.
"We know brown water is not appealing, but it will not harm anyone, and if flushing continues, the reduction of pressure could lead to triggering a boil water notice," the message reads.
The city has heard rumors Pearland will shut off the water supply. These rumors are false, according to the city. The crew that works to supply water to residents will continue to do so.