Hydrant Flushing Program

Frequently Asked Questions

The Flushing of the entire town Fire hydrants is starting October 16th.
This Process will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

Check back here for progress updates - areas are approximate as time and weather permit.

Friday 12/1 - Marsh Hawk east of Kite Ct. Peregrine Way, dog park.

Thursday 11/30 - Dove Ave, Mockingbird Ln, Fox Run, Falcon Ridge Dr, Harrier, Ospry, Prairie Falcon, Marsh Hawk, Kite Ct

Wednesday 11/29 - starting approximately 1:30 pm -- Cardinal Ct, Blue Jay Dr, Blue Jay Ct,

Tuesday 11/28 - no flushing

Monday 11/27 - no flushing

Tuesday 11/21 - (tentative) Cardinal Ct, Blue Jay Dr, Blue Jay Ct, Dove Ave, Mockingbird Ln, Fox Run ** postponed **

Monday 11/20 - no flushing planned

Friday 11/17 - no flushing occurred

Thursday 11/16 - starting afternoon - Demma Drive, Le Roy Truck Plaza, Salt Creek by Fox Run Ct, Cardinal Dr

Wednesday 11/15 - no flushing planned

Tuesday 11/14 - South of interstate beginning at Bicentennial

Monday 11/13 - Cherry St and White St; Maple St (Bradlee Apts); S. East St between Vine St and Sunset (Jack's); S. East St between Sunset and Burcham Dr (Love's); Sunset and Persimmon; Persimmon including the cul du sac.

Tuesday 10/31 - LES Ball Diamonds hydrant; between School St and Cherry St between Hemlock St and West St

Monday 10/30 - none

Thursday 10/25 - between Washington St and Elm St between Moore Ave and Grandview Drive

Tuesday 10/24 - Between Wayne St. and Washington St between White St. and Chestnut St; Crestview Ct.; Supreme Ct.; Wayne & East St.; Washington St. between East St and Lynn St.

Monday 10/23 - Center Street between Mill St and Park St.; Cherry St. between Mill St. and the cul du sac including the single block of Wilson Ave;  

Friday 10/20 - Between Center St and Vine St between Lynn St and Park Street;  football field; Gilmore Ave.

Thursday 10/19 - 600 block of E. North St.; Elm St between Mill and Grandview; Between Pearl St and High St between Pine St and Vine St. including S. Pearl and Prairie View Ct.

Wednesday 10/18 - Sunset & Maple; Chestnut (behind Jack's); between Cherry St and North St between Walnut St and Wilson.

Tuesday 10/17 - Center Street between Hemlock St and White St; Vine St. between Hemlock and Buck; Bel Air, Independence Ct, Sunnyside, Sunset Dr between Hemlock and Chestnut; Chestnut between Cedar and Maple.

Monday 10/16 - Between Vine St and Center St, between Hemlock St and East St


Why is hydrant flushing necessary?

Hydrant flushing helps purge the waterlines of the build-up of sediment over time. It also alerts the operators of any weakness in the system, such as a weak valve or a hydrant that needs replacing. In addition to enhancing water quality, hydrant flushing ensures public safety by maintaining firefighting capability.

What should I do when crews are flushing hydrants in my area?

If you see a crew flushing a hydrant on your street, avoid running your tap water, using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is complete. If you see hydrant flushing crews working in the area, please drive carefully and treat them like any other construction crew.

What should I do after hydrant flushing?

 If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment that causes discoloration. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check clarity by running cold water for a few minutes, allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If the water is clear, it is OK to use. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, there may be slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water, it does not affect the taste or water quality.

 Avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing times. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. If you happen to be in the middle of washing laundry while hydrants are being flushed, DO NOT DRY your clothes. An iron and sediment removal product can be purchased from your local grocery store and are usually effective removing the discoloration in clothes that have not been dried.

 If pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

Why does my water look funny after hydrant flushing?

When a hydrant is opened, there will be temporary incidences of discolored water while fine sediment particles are flushed out. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water. Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate. To verify water is clear, run your cold-water tap for a few minutes.