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  2. Water Flow Testing Program Begins

    The City of Jackson has begun testing the flow of the water distribution and hydrant system during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily until the program is complete.  Fire Department crews flush water mains and hydrants once a year to test the volume of the water system and hydrant flow as well as remove any mineral sediment.  This activity is an important maintenance step for valves and hydrants in the water system.  Because the City’s water supply is a loop-type system, every household, business, and industry may be impacted, regardless of the location of the flow testing.  

    Here is a link to the list of the specific hydrants that will be flushed this summer.

    While activities DO NOT affect the safety of the water or the water supply, the water may temporarily appear cloudy or discolored while the lines are being flushed due to mineral sediments. On the day we are in your neighborhood, we suggest that residents: 

    • Refrain from doing the laundry if your water appears to be cloudy or discolored.

    • Open and run your taps to clear up any discoloration that may still exist.  Discoloration may persist for a few days after flushing is completed.

    • Even though the water is safe to drink, you may want to wait for the water to clear up before using it for drinking or cooking.

    Residents can quickly clear up the discolored water in their homes or businesses by flushing water through the plumbing. Recommended locations for flushing plumbing are outside spigots and bathtubs. Residents should not wash clothes in water that is discolored as this could result in stains.

    The days following our flush of the water main is a good time for residents to do a thorough cleaning of the plumbing in their homes.  The City suggests letting water flush from all faucets for about 5 minutes while flushing toilets.  Residents will also then want to remove faucet screens and clean any sediment that collects on the screens.  While this may seem like a lot of water, it is a good practice to clean your plumbing.  This high volume of water produces the velocity in the pipes to remove loose sediment buildup.  There is no requirement to flush your plumbing.  It is only suggested as good practice to remove sediments in your pipes and improve water quality. 

    As an additional tip, residents can sprinkle their plants, garden or lawn while flushing the outside spigots instead of just wasting the water.

    Again, the annual hydrant flow testing program is a standard water utility practice that helps ensure adequate water flow and reliable, safe, and clean water throughout the year.  Here is the link to the list of the specific hydrants that will be flushed this summer.

    Any questions should be directed to the Public Works Department at 243-2300 or the Fire Department at 243-1010.

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