The annual Spring Hydrant Flushing Program from the Department of Public Works (DPW) began on Monday, April 18 in the southwest section of the City, and is expected to wrap-up on Tuesday, May 3 in the northeast section. This activity is happening all over the City of Jackson and in bordering areas of Summit, Blackman and Leoni townships.
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, April 18 to May 3 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.
Because there will be temporary impacts to water service, the City urges residents to be aware of when flushing is happening in their area so they are not alarmed. 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.