Water Flushing Program

Flushing Sign PhotoThe District’s annual Water Main Flushing Program typically takes place from January through May to remove sediment from water mains throughout the District. We have completed the Flushing Program for 2017.  The Program is part of the District’s on-going water quality and system maintenance work.

Flushing removes most sediments and biofilm from water mains, and the work involves little or no interruption of service; although a slight discoloration of the water, and drop in water pressure, may occur in areas where flushing is underway.

Crews will typically place flushing signs in the neighborhoods two to three days prior to flushing the area. District Crews performing water main flushing will work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Most residents will not be out of water during flushing; however, some residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration does not pose a health risk; however residents should check their water before washing any clothing.

If you notice our crews in your neighborhood, we recommend not turning on your water between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. unless it’s necessary. This includes not running appliances using water, such as dishwashers and washing machines. If you notice discolored water in your private system, turn on each cold water faucet and allow the water to run until it is clear again and flush each toilet two times. Please call the District Office at 503.665.4179 with questions.