Flushing Operations FAQ
Flushing Program Information
Over the next few months, CFPUA water quality crews will be conducting flushing exercises of the drinking water distribution system. Historically, this work has been conducted during winter months; however, flushing during summer months will aid in our comprehensive effort to reduce disinfection byproducts in the distribution system. The change to summer months also provides safer conditions for our employees working late hours and eliminates the potential for freezing on roadways and sidewalks.
Water main flushing is a routine operation that results in a clean and maintained drinking water system. During this activity, water is forced through pipes at high velocity and systematically flushed out of the fire hydrants, removing accumulated mineral sediment until the water is clear. As part of CFPUA’s commitment to provide safe, reliable drinking water, a flushing program is used to improve water quality, restore water pressure and protect pipe integrity. Part of the program also involves testing the large water main line valves and fire hydrants to make sure they are operating properly. CFPUA maintains 1,100+ miles of distribution pipelines, 7,672 fire hydrants and 14,867 valves.
The flushing program will run from June 3 – TBD; however, crews will continue to spot flush other areas as needed.
Crews are currently flushing in section 2: