A West Keene water well slated to go online today may temporarily cause some residents to have brown-colored water, the Keene Department of Public Works announced this week.

The well, located in the area of the Keene Country Club, may cause temporary leaching of iron and manganese from pipes today, causing the water to appear tea-colored, Public Works Director Kurt Blomquist said.

The disruption should be temporary, and the water is safe for healthy people, he added. However, the particles in the water may damage equipment such as dialysis machines.

The leaching will most likely affect people who live in West Keene, Blomquist said, though people who live in other parts of town may notice their water temporarily discolored. The discoloration, he said, will likely resolve quickly.

The department is instructing people who notice brown water in their tap to run a single faucet with cold water for 10 minutes. Blomquist noted it is important to run cold water because warm water would mean that particles can find their way into a household’s boiler.

If the water does not run clear, the release said, the process should be repeated after half an hour. If, after that procedure, the water isn’t clear, the release said, customers are encouraged to contact the department at 352-6550.

If the water discolors laundry, the release advises not to dry it, and stop by the Department of Public Works office at 350 Marlboro St. for a product that will remove the stains.

Liora Engel-Smith can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or lsmith@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LEngelSmithKS.