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Tip #210

Seal spaces where mechanical, plumbing and electrical wires and pipes penetrate floors, walls and roofs.

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Fort Collins Utilities es una empresa proveedora de servicios públicos residenciales y comerciales con igualdad de oportunidad. No discriminamos en los términos, las condiciones o la provisión de servicios en base a raza, color, religión, sexo, discapacidad, estatus familiar o nacionalidad de origen.

Hydrant Flushing


Utilities crews typically flush the water distribution system to remove sediment and improve drinking water quality during early spring.

When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of water moving through the pipes. Flushing removes sediments that may affect the water's taste and color and is an essential preventive maintenance strategy for the water distribution system.

While a loss of water pressure is common, the process doesn't typically interrupt water service.

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Cloudy Water

Flushing may cause your water to appear cloudy or discolored. Though not harmful, this water may stain laundry. If this occurs:

  • wait until the nearby flushing is complete
  • remove faucet aerators or filters
  • let the COLD water faucet run until the water clears

This water can still be used on plants and landscaping.

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Current Flushing Areas

Flushing has been completed for 2014.


Benefits

Water system flushing uses a minimal amount of water. It's a proactive and essential component of preventive maintenance, allowing crews to assess the condition of the distribution system and fire hydrants during the process.

For more information, contact Utilities.