What is water system flushing?

Water system flushing (also known as hydrant flushing) is a routine maintenance process that involves the systematic flushing of the water distribution lines to remove sediment and improve water quality. When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of the water moving through the pipes. This process cleans the pipes and removes the sediments that can affect the taste and color of drinking water.

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1. What is water system flushing?
2. Why is flushing needed?
3. Why is some flushing conducted in the fall?
4. Where does the water go?
5. How will my water service be affected?
6. What should I do if my water is cloudy and discolored after the flushing is completed?
7. Can I use my water while crews are flushing in my neighborhood?
8. Is my water safe to drink?
9. What should I do if the water stains my laundry?
10. Are there other benefits to water system flushing?
11. Who can I contact with questions?