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Geneva to begin hydrant flushing as part of watermain maintenance

Neighborhood signs remind residents of when flushing occurs

GENEVA – The city of Geneva will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a four-week period starting Sept. 14 as part of an ongoing maintenance program, officials announced in a news release.

Hydrants will be flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The water is safe to drink, but residents are encouraged to let their faucets run for a few minutes if they notice any discoloration, the release stated.

People are urged to limit their water use if possible and refrain from washing their clothes during this time period to avoid staining from rusty water.

In the event rusty water discolors clothing, residents should keep their laundry wet and purchase a rust-removing solution packet from a local retailer.

Signs will be placed in neighborhoods to remind residents that the program is underway in their area.

Residents also can view a hydrant flushing progress map on the city’s website at www.geneva.il.us.

Work is expected to be completed in mid-October, weather permitting.

The city flushes hydrants to improve the overall quality of the water by cleaning the watermains of rust and corrosion and to ensure that all fire hydrants are working properly, the release stated.

For more information, contact James Childress, Geneva Public Works System Maintenance and Customer Service Supervisor, at 630-232-1551 or email at jchildress@geneva.il.us.

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