Should I be concerned about excessive rust in my water?
January 3, 2006 4:50 PM Subscribe
Should I be concerned about excessive rust in my apartment's water supply?
posted by helios to home & garden (7 answers total)
When I turn on the faucets in my apartment building, the water that comes out is filled with rust, ranging from a sickly looking yellow to a syrupy dark red goo. It reminds me of Woody Allen's apartment in Manhattan. Since I can't get my landlord to fix any of the other problems with my apartment, I doubt I'll ever get this one resolved unless I do it myself. As of right now, I run the water until the rust is no longer visible (or barely visible) - 10-20 seconds. I don't like wasting water, though.
Therefore, I have two questions:
1) Is excessive rust in water a health concern? I haven't found much info on the web that says it's either safe or unsafe, although I doubt it could possibly be that unsafe in small quantities, considering how easily it forms. I always filter the water I drink.
2) Is there anything I can do to fix this myself, without having my apartment manager involved? Everything I've seen so far involves putting some sort of compound in the water supply, which I obviously wouldn't have access to.