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City of St. Charles announces spring 2018 hydrant flushing schedule

Residents to be on the look out for rusty water

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles will be performing its spring hydrant flushing until April 20.

Note that hydrant flushing could temporarily cause rusty-looking water, even for residences outside the particular flushing area, a news release stated.The discoloration is caused by minerals that get stirred up in the water mains.

The public works water division performs hydrant flushing in the spring and fall as part of the regular maintenance to the city’s water distribution system. Flushing helps remove mineral buildup, which improves water quality and ensures the water flow is ready for emergency use, the release stated.

St. Charles is divided into quadrants for hydrant flushing: northwest, southwest, southeast, and northeast. Main Street divides the north/south quadrants, and the Fox River divides the east/west quadrants. For more information and a list of frequently asked questions related to hydrant flushing, visit stcharlesil.gov/news/2016/04/08/hydrant-flushing-facts-frequently-asked-questions.

Hydrant flushing will take place in the northwest quadrant until March 23; from March 26 to 30 in the southwest quadrant; from April 2 to 6 in the southeast quadrant; from April 9 to 13 in the northeast quadrant west of Dunham road; and from April 16 to 20 in the northeast quadrant east of Dunham Road, according to the release.

Residents are advised to watch for signs announcing hydrant flushing. Flushing may start as early at 5 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m., the release stated.

Watch for rusty water

The water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing; however, it is best to limit water use, if possible. For those that notice rusty-colored water during hydrant flushing, they may want to take the following actions. Wait until flushing has subsided then run the cold water tap in a bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear, or in 10-minute increments. Wait to do laundry as rusty water may stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover. The city offers stain remover at no cost to residents at the following facilities: public works, 1405 South 7th Ave., St. Charles; city hall, reception desk, 2 East Main St., St. Charles; and police department, 211 North Riverside Ave., St. Charles. 

For more information, contact the public works department at 630-377-4405 or pw@stcharlesil.gov.

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