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Spring Water Hydrant Flushing Notice

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

hydrant flushing in Cedar Falls

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.

Hydrants across the city are opened and allowed to run for several minutes on a rotating schedule.

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 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 will be flushed Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the spring. 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.