Hydrant Flushing

Annual maintenance of the Village’s fire hydrant system takes place twice a year.  Spring flushing takes place in May and Fall flushing begins in October.  The purpose for flushing hydrants is to ensure they are fully operational and to remove any sediment which may have built up in the water mains.

Signs are posted in each neighborhood one day prior to flushing.  Typically, flushing is performed between 2:00 and 6:00am to alleviate any inconvenience.  Temporary pressure changes and discolored water may occur during or immediately following a flushing.  The water is safe; however, it may appear a rust color. 

Hydrant Flushing Tips and Reminders

  • Water discoloration is normal. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. It is recommended to run cold water for several minutes to clear your pipes. 
  • Residents are urged not to do laundry during periods of flushing in your area to avoid staining of clothing, which may occur due to the disturbance in the water main. Note that if your laundry does become stained, do not put it in the dryer. Rewash your clothes immediately using detergent and add rust remover. 
  • Should discoloration occur for more than a few hours, remember that the discoloration only affects the color of the water but not the water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing. 
  • If water pressure or water volume seems low after flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.