City Water Distribution Crews will begin the week of May 3, 2021, flushing fire hydrants throughout its entire water distribution system, as announced by Marty Watts, Water Services Superintendent. The department has a trained crew assigned to hydrant flushing, repair, and replacement.
Water main flushing benefits include preservation and improvement of water quality, and control of bacterial growth. Generally, flushing is a very important aspect of maintaining good water quality. The cooperation of our customers throughout the City during this necessary operation of our department is greatly appreciated. We apologize for any inconvenience that may occur.
When hydrants in any given area of the system are flushed, there may be temporary discoloration of the water. It is suggested that when hydrant flushing is announced through the news media in your vicinity, both hot and cold water be checked for any discoloration before attempting laundry or dishwashing. If the water is discolored, open all available spigots in your home until the water runs clear. This discoloration is not harmful to your health.
HYDRANT FLUSHING SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 24 THROUGH MAY 28
City Water Distribution Department crews will flush fire hydrants in the area from Virginia Avenue, west to Industrial Boulevard, north to West Oldtown Road and west to Williams Street; area includes 4th Street, 3rd Street, Boone Street, Browning Street, and all connecting streets to this area; the Mapleside area including Kentucky Avenue, Michigan Avenue, and all connecting streets; the South End District from Virginia Avenue starting at E. Industrial Boulevard to E. Oldtown Road. All hydrants will be flushed east to the city limits; the Wiley Ford Bridge (Potomac River) to Industrial Boulevard. Areas affected by the flushing include Virginia Avenue, Ford Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Lexington Avenue and all connecting streets.