The Rockford Public Works Department will being flushing the City’s Fire Hydrants on Tuesday, October 19th starting at 2 a.m. It is anticipated that this process could continue into the afternoon.
Cities flush hydrants to remove sediment from the distribution pipes to maintain water clarity and quality. Running hydrants will increase water flow through the system. This increase in flow stirs up any minerals and deposits in the pipes and clears them out. Flushing will not interrupt your water service; however, it is common to see a drop in water pressure while crews are doing work in your area. If pressure seems low after flushing is finished, please check your faucet for trapped particles.
Water can become discolored after flushing; however, it is safe to drink. If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water is clear. If it is not clear the first time, wait a few
minutes and repeat this process. Avoid washing clothes until the water clears. If your laundry does become stained, do not put it in the dryer. Rewash any such clothing, which should remove any discoloration.