Hydrant Flushing

hydrant flushing_forweb.jpgHydrant flushing takes place every year generally conducted from 8am - 3pm. There may be a slight drop in pressure or a presence of discoloration from the minerals and sediments that are being flushed out of the system. Service should not be disrupted during the flushing process.

Q: Why is my water pressure low?
A: Your water pressure may be low due to the flushing of fire hydrants, which lowers the water pressure in the area that is being tested. This issue will be rectified once flushing is completed.

Q: Why is my water discolored?
A: Water discoloration or turbid water is caused by the stirring of sedimentation in the water main when hydrants are flushed.

Q: What should I do about the discolored water?
A: Run all faucets within your home for approximately 5 minutes or until water clears.

Q: Who should I contact if water does not clear after recommended precautions or for more information?
A: Call Public Works at 303-661-1277.

Q: Is flushing a waste of water?
A: No! The amount and cost of water used in flushing is a small price to pay compared to benefits of assuring the quality of your water and maintaining our infrastructure.

Q: How will I be affected?
A: You probably will not even be aware that flushing is taking place in your neighborhood. Flushing is generally conducted 8am - 3pm, Monday through Friday. Select hydrants will be opened for water pipe flushing. While the hydrants are open, the customers on that block may experience discolored water or a small drop in water pressure, but water service should not be interrupted.