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Fort Collins Utilities to Flush the Water Distribution System, Beginning April 2

Posted on: Mar-28-2018

Fort Collins Utilities crews will flush the water distribution system beginning Monday, April 2, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays, for approximately eight weeks (weather permitting).

Crews will start flushing just west of Overland Trail and move eastward to College Avenue, including some areas in the town of Laporte as the northern boundary and Harmony Road as the approximate southern boundary. A map of current flushing locations is available at https://www.fcgov.com/hydrantflushing

When flushing, fire hydrants are opened and water flows through at high speeds, cleaning the pipes, and removing the sediments that can affect the water’s taste and color. Flushing is an essential preventative maintenance strategy for the water distribution system, helps maintain water quality and keeps our water fresh.

The flushing process doesn’t typically interrupt water service, although it can happen on occasion. A decrease in water pressure is more common.  

Sometimes the sudden rush of water can stir up sediments in the pipes and cause the water to become cloudy or discolored for a short time. These sediments are not harmful, though they may stain laundry.

If you experience cloudy or discolored water, wait until the nearby flushing is completed, remove any aerators or filters from your faucet and run the COLD water until it clears. This water can be used on plants or landscaping.

For more information, visit https://www.fcgov.com/hydrantflushing , call 970-212-2900 or V/TDD 711.



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