The City of Kalamazoo 2020 Spring Hydrant Flushing Program will begin on April 19 and is scheduled in Texas Township to take place on April 25. Flushing will take place during evening hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. and daytime hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Over time, sediment builds up on the inside of water distribution pipes (water mains), narrowing the path that water can flow through. Twice per year, the hydrants are flushed to remove any accumulated sediments from water mains and restore water flow, which helps the City to better meet the needs of homes, businesses, and Public Safety. The flushing program also helps to verify that all water supply systems work, including pumps, storage tanks, mains, valves, and hydrants.
Flushing doesn’t affect the safety of the water supply, but tap water may appear cloudy or discolored immediately after flushing has occurred in the area. If this happens, water customers are advised to run their cold water in their bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear again. It also recommended that water customers avoid doing laundry on the day that flushing is scheduled and for the following 24 hours to avoid potential issues with clothing.