Some residents near Olney?Cemetery might have noticed brown water Wednesday as city workers repaired a booster station.

The discoloration was from small mineral deposits — little more than silt, said Rick?Baltzor,?Pendleton water superintendent. “They’re not harmful to anything. They’re perfectly fine. When you have to use something that hard . . . it just stirs it a little bit,” Baltzor said. “We don’t expect it to be bad for anyone. It just happens sometimes when we do repairs.”

Baltzor said that whenever work is done on one booster station, others have to work extra hard to pick up the slack. That extra work can sometimes dislodge material from the lines, some of which are more than 100 years old.

“We do most of our major repairs this time of year because we’re not using a lot of water in the city,” Baltzor said. “It’s not different than a main break. If we were to have a main break somewhere downtown . . . we have the same thing happen in localized neighborhoods.”

In this instance, just two homes near the booster station called in Wednesday. There were no further calls Thursday,?Baltzor said.

“It was a little spot we can’t clear up by flushing fire hydrants,” Baltzor said.

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