Spring Hydrant Flushing to Begin Friday, April 22, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE

DATE:              April 12, 2022

TO:                  Local Media Outlets

FROM:             Tim Hayden, Water Utility Supervisor

Spring Hydrant Flushing to Begin Friday, April 22, 2022

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 of 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 Supervisor Tim Hayden. “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, April 22 at 7 p.m.; on the south side of the Rock River beginning  Monday, April 25 through Thursday, April 28  at 7 a.m.; and on the north side of the Rock River  Wednesday, April 27 through Friday, April 29 and  Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 starting at 7 a.m. Directional flushing will occur Thursday, May 5 through Friday, May 6 starting at 7 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.net.

Any questions or concerns regarding hydrant flushing can be directed to the Fort Atkinson Water Utility by dialing (920) 563-7760.

#End of Press Release#

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