Published: Aug 18, 2014 4:27 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Utilities customers located in the vicinity of Del Prado Boulevard, south of Viscaya Parkway, may experience some discoloration in the water due to a 12-inch transmission main break that occurred late last night.

The transmission line carries water north and south along Del Prado. The break occurred near Viscaya Parkway. The discoloration may impact a large area east and west of Del Prado Boulevard, and south of Viscaya Parkway to SE 32nd Street.

The discoloration is a result of small amounts of iron in local pipes and may last a day or two. While the water is still safe for drinking, cooking and other uses, iron can stain light-colored items in the laundry, especially when bleach is used. Customers around this location should check water clarity before washing any white or lighter-colored laundry during this period of work.

If you experience discolored water, you may prefer to run the water for several minutes or as needed to clear your house line.