Spring Water Hydrant Flushing Notice

CFU will begin the semi-annual process of flushing water hydrants this spring as weather permits. Water Utility crews typically start at the beginning of April but it can be as early as March if weather allows.

Hydrant flushing is one form of preventative maintenance the Water Utility uses to provide Cedar Falls residents with the highest quality water possible. Hydrant valves are opened and closed on a rotating schedule to control the flow of water and flush the system lines of sediment. 

As a result of this process water to area homes may be temporarily discolored. The discoloration is due to silt and air in the lines and does not affect the safety of the water. However we recommend residents avoid doing laundry when hydrants are being flushed nearby.

If you experience discolored water allow faucets to run for a few minutes to flush the lines in your home. It is a good idea to also do this if you’ve been out of the house for a week or more to remove any stagnant water.

Hydrants are flushed Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn when hydrant flushing is scheduled in your neighborhood check cfu.net/hydrants throughout the season.

If clothes are washed in discolored water keep them wet and call CFU at 319-268-5332 to get a special cleaning agent at no charge.