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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Hydrant Flushing

Start Date:     Monday, April 24 2017
Hours:           Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Days:            Monday through Friday (weather permitting)

City fire hydrants are flushed regularly in the spring and fall to ensure that they are in working condition for fire protection, and to remove any mineral deposits that may have accumulated in the water mains.

Residents should be advised that the change in water flow patterns resulting from hydrant flushing may stir up mineral deposits in City water mains as well as home services.

** During hydrant flushing, it is not unusual for residents to periodically experience discolored water, pressure changes and/or an increased chlorine odor.

Iron in the water is not a health issue, but it may impact the aesthetic quality of the water. If discolored water is present during flushing, residents may correct the problem by opening up cold water faucets and letting them run at the same time until the water clears.

During the hydrant flushing period, residents are encouraged to check the color of their water prior to doing laundry. Discolored water may stain clothes, particularly whites.

Commercial building owners, townhouse associations and apartment complexes with privately-owned hydrants are responsible for flushing and maintaining their own hydrants to ensure they are in good working condition in case of an emergency. Private maintenance should be coordinated with Inver Grove Heights Utilities Superintendent Daniel Helling (651-450-2565) to ensure minimal disturbance to the City’s water distribution system.

If there are questions or concerns with hydrant flushing you can call Lissa Kramer at (651-450-4309).

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