The Georgetown Water Dept Spring Flushing Program is scheduled to begin April 13th, 2020

Water Main Flushing Info for Consumers

Water main flushing moves water systematically through sections of a drinking water distribution system, creating a scouring action to clean the line. The increased flow rate scours the water pipe’s inner walls and helps to remove build-up of naturally occurring debris and sediment.

The process is critical to the overall maintenance of a distribution system and is one of the most important practices carried out by public drinking water systems to maintain high water quality, improve the carrying capacity of pipes, and ensure proper operation of distribution system components, such as hydrants and valves.

There may be a slight drop in pressure or noticeable discoloration of the water from the minerals and sediments that are being flushed out. During the flushing operation in your neighborhood, you will be able to see crews flushing the water mains through fire hydrants and ends of water main pipes commonly called blow-offs.  Crews will usually direct the water being flushed into appropriate areas to avoid sediment erosion or localized pooling of water, but you may notice water on the street or roadway.

Water is often discolored after water main flushing, but this should not last long. In the event customers draw discolored water into the home, flush a cold tap for a few minutes, up to 15 minutes. As a precaution, prior to using hot water run the cold water tap to ensure discolored water is not drawn into the hot water tank.

It is normal for there to be an increased amount of chlorine in the water during flushing, because the velocity the water is moving through the pipes shortens the travel time from the treatment plant.  Systems that normally do not use chlorine may add it during flushing. Customers can easily remove the chlorine taste and smell by filling an open container with water and keeping it in the fridge for drinking as chlorine will dissipate.

Water Main Flushing FAQ for Consumers

Annual Spring Flushing Program

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