Hydrant Flushing and Water Main Maintenance

Why are Hydrants Flushed?

Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.

Independence Beach Hydrant Flushing

The Independence Beach System has two wells and a pressure tank. At this time, there are no proposed changes to this system.  Due to high iron content, water quality is improved by monthly flushing of the line which takes place the second Thursday of each month between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Water Discoloring

Occasionally, water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing.  If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn’t clear the first time, wait a few minutes and run the water again.

You will want to make sure to put off any clothes washing until after the flushing is complete, as it can discolor your laundry. If you ever experience discoloring of clothing, the Culligan Soft Water Company has provided the following recipe to get the rust out:

Recipe to Remove Rust from Cloths

Purchase 6 ounces of oxalic acid (available at a local drug store, ALWAYS USE RUBBER GLOVES and KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND ANIMALS).  Use double tubs.  In one tub, fill with 8 gallons of water.  Add 4 tablespoons of oxalic acid.  In the other tub, fill with 8 gallons of water and add 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda.  Put the clothes into the acid solution for 2 minutes.  Wring out by hand (USE GLOVES).  Then, put the clothes into the tub with the baking soda solution for 2 to 3 minutes and wring out by hand.  Finally, rinse with fresh water.