The City of Elkhart will begin flushing City water hydrants on Thursday, April 19th at 8:30 am and will finish on April 20th.
The City has approximately 70 water hydrants and flushes them at least twice per year. Each hydrant needs to be operated periodically to lubricate the internal mechanism and check the overall functionality.
Flushing the water distribution system helps remove sediment and deposits that may have attached to the walls of the water mains. The flushing process may cause discoloration, smell and taste differences should you be using your water during the process. This does not impact the quality of the water and it is still safe to use. However if this sediment gets into your ice-maker, hot water heater, or laundry it may take longer than 24 hours to dissipate out of your water.
Please use caution when driving around town as our Public Works employees will be flushing hydrants periodically on both Thursday and Friday. If you have any questions about this process you may stop by City Hall or contact City Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should the Iowa weather not cooperate, hydrant flushing will be delayed until April 26th and 27th.