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Posted on: September 13, 2023

DPW Hydrant Flushing Program Set to Begin Monday, September 25

2023 hydrant program

Please check the map to see when flushing will be done in your area and refrain from washing clothes between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm during your week. The discolored water can stain and ruin clothing if flushing occurs while you are washing clothes. Flushing in adjacent areas may also impact your water color.


Hydrant flushing is done annually in an effort to clear the water mains of water that may have sat in hydrant laterals for extended lengths of time. Generally, flushing disturbs the water in the mains and causes small particles of rust or calcium buildup to dislodge and suspend in the water. This water will show up in your household as discolored water with a yellow, orange, or red color. While unappetizing, this water poses no health risks. Running your faucets for several minutes will usually clear the household system and resolve all problems. Occasionally, faucet aerators (screens) will have to be removed and cleaned to restore water pressure.


For more information, please visit the water utility’s hydrant flushing page on the village website: https://www.villageofshorewood.org/1168/Hydrant-Flushing

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