All hydrants located within the City limits are flushed on an annual basis to perform required maintenance and to flush out any iron (rust) that has accumulated in the water mains. Flushing begins in May and takes approximately three (3) weeks to flush the approximate 400 hydrants within the City limits. Some sections will be flushed during the night and the others during the day. Under both circumstances residents may see some rusty water. Residents should only experience rusty water during the flushing of hydrants in their area.
If you experience rusty water, run cold water only for 10-15 minutes to clear the rust out of the lines. DO NOT do laundry until the water clears up. Additionally, if residents notice a sustained decrease in water pressure, call the Department of Public Works at 517-546-7510.