MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa — Some residents of the central Iowa city of Mitchellville are complaining their water smells and has a reddish tinge, but a state official says the water isn’t harmful to drink.

The Des Moines Register reports resident Trisha Doorenbos Richey posted a picture on Facebook of reddish-yellow water in her sink. She described the water as “the worst that I’ve ever seen it.”

Ted Petersen, a supervisor at the Department of Natural Resources, says the water’s color and odor “isn’t always an indicator that it’s got something bad.” Petersen says the water is safe to drink.

Petersen blamed the recent problems on a malfunction that caused a surge in water, which caused build-up in pipes to get stirred into the water.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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