Weather permitting, the City of Hutchinson will begin its annual hydrant flushing during the week of May 9, 2022.
Flushing the entire City typically takes 4-6 weeks.
Weather or other high-priority maintenance needs may result in changes to this schedule.
During hydrant flushing, residents may experience short periods of cloudy, discolored water and low water pressure. Discolored water usually contains some rust that has accumulated on the interior of water mains. There are no health threats associated with using the water, however the City recommends not washing clothes until faucet water runs clear. Discolored or cloudy water usually clears up within one to two hours.
The City’s annual hydrant flushing program ensures:
• High-quality drinking water that meets or exceeds standards.
• Lower treatment costs by reducing disinfection demands.
• Decreased water age in low flow areas.
• Sediment and air are removed.
• System hydraulics are improved.
Hydrant flushing is regular maintenance of water distribution system. While flushing hydrants, associated valves are also exercised and lubricated to ensure proper function.