Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Water flush is coming; you may taste it tomorrow

The water in Midway may taste different tomorrow because the city will be preparing for its annual water-main flushing program. Mains will be flushed Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22, but tomorrow the city will start using a different form of chlorination to disinfect water, continuing through Sunday, May 8. The notice from City Hall says this temporary change is common practice and the water will still be safe to drink, though users may notice a more significant smell of chlorine, and people who must dechlorinate their water will not need to change their procedures during this period.

Starting April 18, mains will be flushed between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Workers will open several fire hydrants in an area to create increased water flows and clean the distribution system of mineral deposits and sediment. During flushing it is possible that water may be discolored, but the water will clear up after it has run for a few minutes, the City Hall notice says. If any discoloration occurs, customers should run the faucet until the water is clear before washing clothes and so forth, the city advises.

"We apologize for the inconvenience and assure you it is a necessary part of our operation," the notice says. "If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 859-846-4413."

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