The May long weekend brings tourists to the Drumheller Valley. It's also the time that many people start to water their lawns and gardens and that can cause problems.
Town staff responded on holiday Monday to a home in Newcastle after the owner reported yellow water coming out of the taps.
"Even our utilities manager last week said I have brown water in my house and the neighbors were fine," noted Darryl Drohomerski, the town's Director of Infrastructure Services. "After about ten minutes (of running the tap) he said there were no problems at all. He said it was probably because I started watering the garden and grass more often."
"Probably this weekend is when people started consuming more water," speculated Drohomerski. "I'm thinking not your personal consumption, but you're watering your grass, flowers or whatever, so you're stirring up stuff that's been in your water pipes for a while."
Staff checked out the complaint and Drohomerski says the water started to run clear after a few minutes.
"Run your cold water for five minutes or so," he advised. "Usually you'll start to see a difference after five; if it hasn't cleared up after ten (minutes) give us a call and we'll come out, take a look and see if there's something outside of your property that's causing an issue."