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St. Charles hydrant flushing begins next week

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:03 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Public Works Water Division will begin its annual spring hydrant flushing Monday.

The water system is split into two zones, which will be flushed separately – one zone in the spring and one zone in the fall. The city’s spring zone is split up into four quadrants. Main Street (Route 64) divides the north and south quadrants, and the Fox River divides the east and west quadrants.

All hydrant flushing will be between the hours of 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. The northwest quadrant will be flushed from Monday through May 2, and the southwest quadrant flushes from May 5 through May 9. Flushing then will move to the southeast quadrant from May 12 through May 16.

The northeast hydrant flushing will be divided into two weeks, May 19 through May 23 and May 27 through May 30.

A map on the city’s website, www.stcharlesil.gov, lists the specific dates and days of the week quadrants will be flushed. Signs announcing hydrant flushing will be posted throughout the scheduled area.

The city reminds residents that water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing, but they may temporarily notice rust-colored water. Public Works recommends limiting water use during hydrant flushing.

If rust-colored water appears, wait until flushing has subsided, then run the cold water tap until it runs clear. The rust-colored water might stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with a stain remover.

The city offers a stain-removal product at no cost to residents at the Public Works building, 1405 S. Seventh Ave., the St. Charles Municipal Building Reception Desk, 2 E. Main St., and the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave.

For information, contact the Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 or pw@stcharlesil.gov.

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