The annual Fall Hydrant Flushing Program from the Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin on Monday, Sept. 27 in the southwest section of the City, and is expected to wrap-up on Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the northeast section. This activity is happening all over the City of Jackson and in bordering areas of Summit, Blackman and Leoni townships.
While this program takes place every spring and fall, residents home during the day during the COVID-19 pandemic have had more awareness of changes to water service than in previous years. To make sure they are not alarmed by the impacts of hydrant flushing, the City asks residents to please be aware of when flushing is taking place in their neighborhood. A map that indicates the areas and dates scheduled for flushing is posted on the City’s website and social media platforms. It will also be sent to residents through a CodeRED message.
Here are the key details residents need to know about hydrant flushing:
- Flushing will take place Monday through Friday, Sept. 27 to Oct. 12 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- The flushing is necessary to maintain the quality of the City’s water system, such as washing iron and sediment out of water mains, cleaning pipes, and refreshing the water system.
- This sediment does not affect water quality, but can cause water to become discolored. The water is safe to drink and discoloration often disappears within a short time.
- Because water can become discolored, residents are advised not to wash clothing while lines are being flushed in or around their neighborhoods.
- Residents may experience low water pressure or possibly no water for a short time when flushing is happening in the area.
Questions about hydrant flushing should be directed to the “Report a Concern” feature on the City’s website or by calling the DPW at 517-788-4170.