Weather permitting, the City of Hutchinson will begin its annual hydrant flushing program on Wednesday April 21, 2021.
Hydrant flushing typically takes 3 – 5 weeks. Weather conditions and the need for other high-priority work often affects the flushing schedule.
In the past, there have not been any significant problems with cloudy or discolored water during hydrant flushing. However, it is always possible that some customers may experience short periods of time when their water is cloudy or discolored. Some customers may experience short periods of time when water pressure is lower than normal.
Cloudy or discolored water comes from flushing out rust or mineral sediments that accumulate inside water mains. There is no impact to health associated with drinking or cooking with cloudy or discolored water. Water will typically clear up within one to two hours.
The City recommends not washing clothing until water runs clear out of faucets near washing machines.
The City’s annual hydrant flushing program ensures:
• Drinking water standards are met by maintaining high water quality.
• Reduced treatment requirements and lower treatment costs.
• Decreased water age in areas with low water flow.
• Sediments and air are removed.
• System hydraulics are improved.
• Fire protection is maintained.
• Associated water valves are functioning, are exercised and lubricated.