The flushing process ensures that hydrants are working properly. Moving water through the system also clears lines and removes any rust or sediment that could limit water flow. During the process, hydrants in two of the City’s eight zones per year are tested for pressure on a rotating basis.
The water distribution crew will begin flushing hydrants on April 10, starting with the water plant and working west to east across the City, following the path of the distribution system, then finishing up at the West Lakes Estates area. Flushing will take place several days per week, depending on crew availability and other needs.
It will take two to three months to flush all of the City’s approximately 500 hydrants.
Flushing will occur between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily with the exception for the downtown area. Those hydrants will be flushed in the early morning hours to avoid any disruption for the business community.
During the flushing process, the City of Storm Lake recommends that customers check their water supply in the morning from the cold water supply nearest their water meter. If residents notice discoloration or odor, running their household system for five to seven minutes from that cold water faucet nearest the water meter normally clears the situation.
If discoloration or odor continues, residents can contact the City of Storm Lake at 712-732-8020 and provide their location and the time they noticed the issue. For questions, contact the City of Storm Lake at 712-732-8020.
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