Weather permitting; the City of Hutchinson Water Department will begin its annual fire hydrant flushing during the week of March 16, 2020. Flushing the entire City will take approximately three weeks. Please remember that weather or other high-priority conditions may result in changes to this schedule.
During hydrant flushing, residents may experience short periods of cloudy or rusty colored water along with possible short-term low water pressure. Discolored water usually contains some rust that has accumulated on the interior of water mains. There is no adverse health threat associated with the rusty water. The City recommends that homeowners not to wash their clothing until water at their faucets runs clear. Discolored or cloudy water usually clears up within one to two hours.
The City’s hydrant flushing program ensures:
- Drinking water standards are met while maintaining high water quality for our customers.
- Treatment costs are minimized by reducing disinfection demands within the distribution system.
- Water age is decreased in low flow areas.
- Sediment and air are removed.
- System hydraulics are improved.
Hydrant flushing is regular maintenance of the water distribution system. While flushing hydrants, associated valves are also exercised and lubricated to ensure proper function.
If citizens have any questions or concerns, they may contact City of Hutchinson Public Works at (320) 234-4219 or the Water Treatment Plant at (320) 234-4222.