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Posted on: December 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Hydrant Flushing Program

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As part of our annual water maintenance program, Clearwater Solutions employees will be flushing fire hydrants from December 5-9 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Because water mains are typically looped together, you may notice that your service pressure is affected even if hydrants are flushed several blocks away.

During the flushing process, there may be a slight discoloration of the water caused by sediment or rust being flushed from the water mains. Please don't be alarmed if you experience discoloration in your water service. Your water will clear up once it is run for a short time. 

Should you experience rusty-colored water, we suggest you run the cold water from the faucet nearest to the water meter (laundry tub, outside faucet) to flush the service. We recommend cleaning laundry during hours when crews have ceased flushing operations. Possible discoloration in the water can stain light-colored clothing.

Please note that your water is safe for all other uses and that we will add slightly higher amounts of chlorine to the system during this maintenance.

The City and CWS perform annual flushing of hydrants for several reasons, which include;

1.     Safety – to ensure proper operation of each hydrant.

2.     To clean out rust and sediment that may settle naturally in the system piping.

3.     To exercise the hydrants and do preventive maintenance.

If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please call (404) 427-8617.

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