What is the purpose of hydrant flushing?
You may notice Water Department crews working at hydrants and see water running down the street. We flush water lines through the use of hydrants, which is an important part of routine maintenance activity.
As a result of the flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of the water. The discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear your pipes in your home by running cold water through your faucets for a few minutes. We recommend using the bathtub or an outside faucet. Many residents use a container to catch this water and use it to water their garden to avoid wasting the water.
When does flushing occur?
Spring Hydrant Flushing – South Side of Rock River
Spring Hydrant Flushing – North Side of Rock River
Directional Hydrant Flushing – South Side of Rock River
What should I do when I see crews flushing?
If you see crews flushing, please slow down and drive carefully.
What should I do after the flushing?
If the tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment and discoloration. If you encounter discoloration water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check for clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work it way into your pipes. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. We recommend using a bathtub or outside faucet to clear the lines. In come cases, you may experience discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and does not affect the taste or water quality.