The annual or semi annual flushing of water mains, via fire hydrants, is a standard practice in the water industry. Pipe flushing is done to improve water quality at the tap, exercise hydrants, remove pipe tuberculation (a buildup common in iron pipes that can reduce its ability to transmit water) and remove naturally occurring sediment that can accumulate in the lines. The hydrant flushing will be conducted by our City Public Works Personnel weekly from 7 am – 3 pm through the end of December and they will be in clearly marked Department of Public Works vehicle.
The flushing process often disturbs the minerals and sediment in the water mains causing them to dissolve and temporarily discolor the water delivered to homes and businesses. Although, the water is perfectly safe we recommend running the cold water for several minutes to help clear the discoloration before using it for drinking or laundry. Please check your washing machines before using them as you may experience discolored clothing due to hydrant flushing.
Thank you in advance for your patience.