Beginning at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday, the Rushville City Utilities will begin flushing the entire distribution system. This is expected to be completed by the early morning hours of May 19.
The city utilities wishes to notify customers that during the periods of flushing there will be the possibility of “red water” which is high in iron and manganese, getting into the customers water systems. This red water can stain clothing and make water appear unpleasant to drink or bathe in. During this flushing period, all area 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 our 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.
The goal is to ensure that the customers of Rushville have safe and adequate supply of drinking water. Questions can be directed to the City Utilities office at (765) 932.4124.