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St. Charles to perform hydrant flushing starting Monday

The city of St. Charles is performing hydrant flushing beginning Monday and continuing through Oct. 16.
The city of St. Charles is performing hydrant flushing beginning Monday and continuing through Oct. 16.

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles is performing hydrant flushing beginning Monday and continuing through Oct. 16.

Residents should note that hydrant flushing could temporarily cause water discoloration, even for homes outside the particular flushing area, according to a news release from the city of St. Charles. The discoloration is caused by minerals that get stirred up in the water mains, the release stated.

The city's public works water division performs hydrant flushing as part of the regular maintenance to the city’s water distribution system. Flushing water through the mains helps reduce mineral build-up and ensures the hydrants are ready for emergency use, the release stated.

St. Charles is divided into zones for hydrant flushing: Northwest, Southwest, Southeast, and Northeast. Main Street (Route 64) divides the north/south areas, and the Fox River divides the east/west.

Hydrant Flushing Schedule

• Northwest – Monday, Sept. 14 – Friday, Sept. 18
• Southwest – Monday, Sept. 21 – Friday, Sept. 25
• Southeast  – Monday, Sept. 28 – Friday, Oct. 2
• Northeast (West of Dunham Road) – Monday, Oct. 5 – Friday, Oct. 9
• Northeast (East of Dunham Road) – Monday, Oct. 12 -Friday, Oct. 16

Signs announcing hydrant flushing will be posted in the flushing area. Flushing may start as early at 5 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m.
 
Watch for Discolored Water

Please note water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing. However, water may temporarily be rusty colored. Consider the following actions during hydrant flushing:
 
• Limit water use, if possible.
• If water appears discolored, wait until flushing has subsided then run the cold water tap in your bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear (or in 10 minute increments).
• Remember rust-colored water is safe, but it 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 S. 7th Ave.
• City Hall, Reception Desk, 2 E. Main St.
 
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 or send an email to pw@stcharlesil.gov.

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