Fall hydrant flushing to begin September 22
DATE: September 13, 2023
TO: Local Media Outlets
FROM: Jeff Armstrong, Water Utility Superintendent
RE: Fall hydrant flushing to begin September 22
With 590 fire hydrants located throughout the City that provide fire protection to homes and businesses, keeping each one in proper working order calls for regular maintenance. Each spring and fall the Water Utility performs a preventative action known as hydrant flushing, which verifies the network has adequate water flow to perform its essential duties. It also serves a secondary purpose in removing sediment that naturally accumulates in water pipes. Flushing it out of the system helps uphold the high water standard.
Wherever hydrant flushing occurs, there may be a slight discoloration of water that flows from the faucet. If this appears simply running cold water for three to five minutes should be sufficient to return water flow to its normal state. The temporary discoloration only impacts the appearance of water and does not pose a health or safety risk. To avoid discoloring of white laundry, it is suggested to wait until cold tap water runs clear before washing such items.
“How long we run the hydrants themselves depends on their sediment buildup. Some go for three minutes, others for thirty, and we stop when the water flows clear,” said Water Utility Superintendent Jeff Armstrong. “This process keeps every hydrant in good working order and alerts us to any faults we may not have otherwise been aware of.”
Residents of Fort Atkinson can expect hydrant flushing to occur on the south side industrial area beginning Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The south side of the Rock River beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 28 and on the north side of the Rock River Thursday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 29 and Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6 beginning at 6 a.m. Directional flushing will occur Friday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 9 beginning at 6 a.m. Additional hydrant flushing may be performed based on the water quality once all hydrants have been maintained.
The Annual Water Quality Report can be found on the City’s website under the Water Department section at www.fortatkinsonwi.gov. Any questions or concerns regarding hydrant flushing can be directed to the Fort Atkinson Water Utility by dialing 920-397-9916.