Well side flushing will take place Monday, October 1st -Thursday, October 4th 8pm-11pm
GLWA side flushing will take place Monday, October 1st -Thursday, October 4th during normal working hours
What is the Water Main (Hydrant) Flushing Program?
To improve water quality and minimize discoloration, the City of Rochester routinely flushes strategic hydrants throughout both the west and east distribution systems. The procedure involves the systematic opening and closing of hydrants, one section of main at a time, to force the water through the pipes at high velocity, removing accumulated mineral sediment until the water is clear. The operation may take from a few minutes to over an hour.
How will flushing affect water service?
When flushing crews are working close to your residence or business, you may experience periods of very low pressure.
Flushing operations may also lead to discolored water, which can be
drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or
immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers
for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color)
or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main. While
iron and manganese pose no health issues, they can stain porcelain and
laundry. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water
meter—usually a basement sink—to full flow until the water runs clear. In some
situations this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you
make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which
discolored water could cause problems.
What are the benefits of hydrant flushing?
• Improve water quality and remove mineral deposits from water mains
• Ensure that hydrants are functioning properly for fire protection
• Helps verify sufficient flow for fire protection
• Draws in freshly treated water to low flow areas