Distribution Maintenance

Hydrant Flushing & Valve Exercising

Hydrant flushing is part of our annual distribution maintenance program.  The flushing is important to maintain water quality by removing sediment that settles in the mains over time.  This is accomplished by fully opening the hydrant so as to scour the inside of the pipe removing all sediment.  This work involves little or no interruption to service, although a slight discoloration, and slight drop in pressure may occur in areas where flushing is underway.  If this happens, run all your cold water taps a few minutes until the water clears.  Repeat if necessary. Your water pressure will return ro normal once the flushing has been completed.

So if you should see water running down the gutter, it will most likely be our maintenance crew.  The process may appear to waste water but the routine is necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system allowing us to deliver the highest quality of water to our customers.

Another important part of our distribution maintenance is our valve exercise program.  It ensures that valves be in good working condition and can be relied on to function properly during emergencies.

We ask that you watch for crews working in the roadway, use caution, and obey traffic controls.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  For questions please call (760) 344-5803 Ext. 2.

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