CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Division of Water spokesman says the "brownish water' in some eastern suburbs is not harmful but don't use it to wash clothes.

According to spokesman John Goersmeyer, residents who live in eastern suburbs of Cleveland are experiencing discolored water.

The water is safe to drink and it is not harmful if ingested, but customers should refrain from doing laundry since it can stain your clothing.

He stress that there is no boil alert in effect. For the latest information, please contact Cleveland Water's 24-hr Trouble Line at 216-664-3060.

He said the discoloration of the water is a result of manganese which is a natural occurring in the lake.

"Unfortunately, higher than normal levels entered into our Nottingham Treatment Plant which services the impacted areas. As a result, it has caused the water to have a yellowish color. Crews are working to flush out the system as quickly as possible and we expect the water to clear up in a few days," Goersmeyer said.

The following suburbs are being impacted:

  • Beachwood
  • Bratenahl
  • Cleveland Heights
  • East Cleveland
  • Euclid
  • South Euclid
  • Gates Mills
  • Highland Heights
  • Lyndhurst
  • Mayfield
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Richmond Heights
  • Pepper Pike
  • Shaker Heights
  • University Heights