Why Are We Flushing?
Each Fall, the Water Department begins its comprehensive flushing program 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:
Improves water quality by removing minerals that have collected in the water mains.
By removing these minerals, the inside diameter of a water main is increased and therefore allows a better flow of water.
A fire hydrant is a mechanical device; operation of a hydrant lubricates internal mechanisms.
Hydrant deficiencies are noted and repaired as necessary to insure each hydrant will perform when needed for an emergency.
When Will Flushing Be Done in My Neighborhood?
Residents will receive door hangers the day before flushing occurs listing the dates of work, contact information and other pertinent information. Flushing is generally conducted between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Every hydrant in each neighborhood will be opened for flushing. The program should be complete in 4 weeks.