Meskwaki Public Works Announces Hydrant Flushing Week, April 18-22

Meskwaki Public Works will have Hydrant Flushing week beginning Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22.

Hydrant Flushing is done twice a year to enhance water quality by:

  • Flushing sediment from the water mains.
  • Verifying the proper operation of hydrants and valves.
  • Ensuring firefighting capability.

During Hydrant Flushing:

  • There may be a temporary drop in water pressure at this time.
  • Water may be rusty or cloudy.  Discolored water is not harmful and will clear up in a few hours.
  • Do not wash white laundry during this period (wait until cold and hot water are running clear before laundering whites).
  • Avoid washing laundry during scheduled Flushing times.  Wait until the water runs clear at the tap, and then wash a load of dark clothes first.

Some information on what to do after the Hydrant Flushing:

  • If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment that causes discoloration.  If you encounter discoloration, run cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes.  If water is clear, it’s OK to use.  If not, wait for a few minutes and check again.  This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.
  • If pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Meskwaki Public Works at 641-484-4600.