Hydrant Flushing – June 30, 2020

Water Department Hydrant Flushing Program

Hydrant Flushing Scheduled:

Tuesday, June 30

Bordering streets:

Section 8 – Maple to Grove Avenue & 31st to 26th Street

Section 4 – Maple to Grove Avenue & Burlington to Washington Avenue

Section 3 – Grove to Golf Road & Southview to Washington Avenue

Why Are We Flushing?

Each year, the Water Department begins its comprehensive flushing program of 200 out of 800 fire hydrants throughout the Village. Because water mains are sized to allow adequate and safe flows for fire protection, water typically is moving through the mains at a slow rate. This slow movement allows mineral deposits to build up and accumulate in mains over time. The buildup can restrict water flow in the mains and contribute to corrosion and watercolor problems. Periodic flushing of water mains removes the mineral deposits which helps maintain the Villages infrastructure and assures consistent high-quality water.

Hydrant flushing is routine maintenance for a water system and accomplishes the following:

  1. Improves water quality by removing minerals that have collected in the water mains.
  2. By removing these minerals, the inside diameter of a water main is increased and therefore allows a better flow of water.
  3. A fire hydrant is a mechanical device; operation of a hydrant lubricates internal mechanisms.
  4. Hydrant deficiencies are noted and repaired as necessary to ensure each hydrant will perform when needed for an emergency.

What to do if water is discolored?

Residents are encouraged to check for possible water discoloration prior to use. If the water is discolored, it can usually be remedied by running a cold water tap for 5-10 minutes or until the water clears. Postponing laundry until water is clear (usually no more than one day) is recommended.