In an effort to address recent discoloration complaints, the Water Department began a low-flow flush of village water mains on Tuesday, July 29. For the rest of this week, select fire hydrants will have adapters installed to enable department personnel to fully open a hydrant, yet throttle flows to a point where the procedure should not adversely affect water quality.
The objective is to change out the water and “freshen-up” the distribution mains on side streets and dead ends, which are the typical areas of discoloration every summer. The fixtures are allowing approximately 10 gallons per minute at each location and are left flowing for seven to 12 hours in each area. Department personnel are sampling the water quality at the end of each location’s flush and thus far the results are encouraging.