I don’t have a picture of this (which is a crying shame) but at school, today my student teacher was taking kids to the bathroom before nap. One of the kids called her in, then she popped her head out and said, “Um, the water is brown.” Not one second later, my director popped her head into the classroom and said, “The hot water is brown. They are flushing the water heater.”
Lotta head-popping going on. The water cleared up throughout the day. (The cold water was just fine.)
See, last Friday we had a water softener installed. They got everything hooked up (and planned the cutting-of-the-water-pipes just right: naptime), but couldn’t set up the softener until this morning. I’m not sure what made the water brown, but my educated guess is that the softener salts loosened something in the water heater? Anybody with more knowledge care to guess?