A problem last night at MLGW's Shaw Water Pumping Station serving the Cordova, Arlington, Lakeland and unincorporated areas of Shelby County resulted in discolored water for many of these customers. The discoloration is caused by iron and does not pose a health hazard. These customers may also be experiencing low pressure.
MLGW is encouraging customers to avoid unnecessary water use until the issue is resolved. The water may have a metallic taste and could stain white clothing if it is used for washing clothes. Customers are advised to avoid washing clothes, dishes and automobiles until the water is clear. MLGW hopes to resolve the issue in the next 12 hours
MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 420,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County. A 2007 survey of large metropolitan areas showed that MLGW has the sixth lowest combined rates in the nation.