When hydrant flushing occurs in your neighborhood, you may experience temporary water pressure reduction and discoloration of water. Check your cold water tap for discoloration prior to use. If the water is discolored, simply run the cold water for three to five minutes to allow new water to enter your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few more minutes and run the water again. The temporary discoloration only affects the appearance of the water – it DOES NOT affect the safety or quality.
While the water is safe to drink, you should avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing times, as the flushed sediment could discolor white or light-colored clothing. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. You should also avoid using hot water until the cold water runs clear.
If you experience discoloration for more than 8 hours, or if you experience a significant or prolonged loss of water pressure after hydrant flushing, please call our Utilities Department at (815) 469-2177.