Rushville Republican

September 27, 2013

City hydrants to be flushed

Rushville Republican

---- — The Rushville Water Department will begin flushing the city’s entire distribution system at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

This is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

During the periods of flushing there will be a possibility of “red water,” which is high in iron and manganese, getting into the customer’s water systems.

This red water can stain clothing and make water appear unpleasant to drink or bathe in.

During this flushing period all areas of the city can be affected. A defined list of areas and times cannot be accurately projected due to the change in flushing procedures and data collection requirements needed.

The purpose of this preventive maintenance program is to ensure that Rushville’s water distribution system is clean and in good operating condition. Each section of main and each individual hydrant will need enough water at a high velocity to ensure adequate cleaning. Also, rust and other particulate matter that has settled inside the piping will be removed and cleaned. This flushing will help maintain adequate chlorine levels for disinfection throughout the city, adequate pressures and minimize the effects of red water.

Questions may be directed to the City Utility office at 932-4124.

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