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Spring Hydrant Flushing: Why it Matters & What to Expect.
February 24, 2023
Water main flushing is an important preventative maintenance activity that:
- Verifies proper operation of the hydrant
- Evaluates the available flow to the hydrant
- Allows us to deliver the highest quality water possible
- Removes mineral and sediment build up from the water mains
Fire & Emergency Needs
Another important purpose of the Bona Vista Water District, besides providing quality drinking water when and where you need it is to provide fire protection to homes and businesses. This is accomplished by a vast network of fire hydrants located throughout the district.
To ensure hydrants are operating properly, crews perform the necessary task of hydrant flushing at least once a year, most often in the spring.
Flushing hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity that verifies proper operation of the hydrant and ensures adequate water flow will be available if the need for firefighting arises.
High- Quality Water
Flushing systematically moves water through sections of the distribution system scouring the water pipes inner walls. This stirs up and removes sediment that naturally accumulates in water pipes. Flushing can also remove water from areas of the distribution system that have low water use, resulting in water staying in the lines longer than desired. Removing these materials and stationary water through flushing maintains the high quality of the water we provide to you.
What to Expect
When hydrant flushing occurs in your area, you may notice slightly yellow, orange, or brown-colored water coming from your faucet. If this happens, simply run your cold water tap in your bathtub for three to five minutes. If the water is still discolored, wait about 30 minutes and run the water again. This temporary discoloration only affects the appearance of the water – it does not cause a health or safety risk.
While the water is safe to drink, you should avoid washing laundry during scheduled flushing times, as the flushed sediment could discolor white clothing. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. You should also avoid using hot water until the cold water runs clear.
If you experience discoloration for a prolonged time or if you experience a significant loss of water pressure after hydrant flushing has occurred, please call our office at 801-621-0474.