Fire hydrant flushing is done to remove rust and sediment from water lines and to perform testing of fire hydrants for public safety. The flushing operation may result in brief periods of reduced water pressure or discolored water. Iron and manganese, two minerals in water that have settled into the water mains cause the discolored water. The water is only discolored. It is safe.
We will be flushing water mains between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout the year. Be aware that this procedure may cause some disturbances and discoloration in the water system. Customers in low-pressure areas may experience a temporary drop in pressure during flushing.
If you experience discoloration and rust particles in your water:
Locate the farthest and lowest cold water faucet in your home from the water meter.
Remove the aerator if there is one and turn on the cold water faucet until the water runs clear.
If the water is still discolored after running the cold water for 10 minutes, please turn off the faucet and check it again one hour later.
Please refrain from washing white or light colored clothes.
When the flushing operation is complete, normal water pressure and clear water should return.