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During normal use, water moves slowly through the water distribution system. This slow movement causes sediment to accumulate in the pipes. Flushing from the fire hydrants increases the velocity of the water through the water mains, thus helping to remove any sediment from the water mains and assuring consistent water quality. Additionally, as part of the flushing process every fire hydrant in the water distribution system is operated to ensure that it will function properly in the event of a fire.
Residents who notice the M.D Utilities crew working at fire hydrants and see water running into the street may think we are wasting water. The process of periodically (annually) flushing fire hydrants, however, is an important preventative maintenance activity. This process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.
Please be advised that the flushing may cause some discoloration of the water. This does not represent a health hazard. If you experience any discoloration, run the cold water in all your faucets for 4-5 minutes until water runs clear again. DO NOT USE WATER until you have clear running water. Also refrain from doing laundry until the water runs clear again.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the Utilities Department at (403) 673-3611. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.