What is flushing?

Flushing is a method of cleaning the water main pipes by forcing water through them at high speed and discharging it through hydrants, which are left open until the water runs clear. This fast-moving water flow scours and cleans out mineral deposits and sediment that have built up over time and settled at the bottom of the pipes.

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1. What is flushing?
2. Why are residents notified by the City of their flushing program?
3. Can you provide me with an exact date and time of the flushing?
4. What do I do and what do I not do during water main flushing?
5. What do I to do if I experience a loss of water for a long period of time (after two or three hours)?
6. What happens when water main flushing is completed?