Officials preparing to rebuild a pump station in Goodyear Heights have changed how the water flows through Akron’s pipes, causing a temporary change in the color of drinking water.

City officials on Wednesday said the water — which some residents say has a brown or yellow tint — is safe to use and there’s no need to boil it.

Sediment already in the water distribution system has caused discoloration, which should quickly clear up if residents run their cold-water taps a few minutes, officials said.

The city needed to change the flow of water because the Eastwood Pump Station in Goodyear Heights will soon be out of service while it’s rebuilt.

The station, built in 1965, pumps more than 1 million gallons of water a day, helping funnel water from Lake Rockwell in Portage County into tanks for Akron use.

Residents, officials said, could see discoloration during the next day or two.

Water officials advised residents to run their cold water taps for about five minutes, which will help clear sediment flowing from water mains to peoples’ homes.

If the water is still discolored after letting it flow, turn it off and check it again in an hour, officials said.

City officials advised residents or businesses to call 311 if the discoloration lingers.