LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Authorities in Las Cruces say residents and businesses in the area of Calico Drive, Agave Lane, Cypress Court and Village Drive are experiencing an emergency water outage.

They say the outage is expected to last until about 6 p.m. Monday for repairs to a broken water line.

Once water service is restored, residents may notice discolored water due to iron and manganese.

Although the water is safe to drink, city officials recommend waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

Las Cruces officials say the water discoloration should disappear within 24 hours.

If it does not, residents should flush outside and/or cold-water faucets in the house for five minutes.

If the discoloration remains, residents can call the city for assistance.