According to a press release from the City of Fort Atkinson, fire hydrant flushing will soon begin. Residents can expect hydrant flushing to occur on the south side industrial area beginning Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m.; on the south side of the Rock River beginning Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 29 at 7 a.m.; and on the north side of the Rock River Wednesday, September 28 through Friday, September 30 and Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7 starting at 7 a.m. Directional flushing will occur Thursday, October 6 through Friday, October 7 starting at 7 a.m. Additional hydrant flushing may be performed based on the water quality once all hydrants have been maintained.
Each spring and fall, the Water Utility performs this preventative action, which verifies the network has adequate water flow to perform its essential duties. It also serves a secondary purpose in removing sediment that naturally accumulates in water pipes. Flushing it out of the system helps uphold the high water standard. Wherever hydrant flushing occurs, there may be a slight discoloration of water that flows from the faucet. If this appears, simply running cold water for three to five minutes should be sufficient to return water flow to its normal state. The temporary discoloration only impacts the appearance of water and does not pose a health or safety risk. To avoid discoloration of white laundry, it is suggested to wait until cold tap water runs clear before washing such items.