Thursday, April 3, 2014

City to flush water mains April 14-18; will use stronger-smelling free chlorine April 7-21

The City of Midway will conduct its annual water main flushing Monday, April 14, through Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Lines are flushed by simultaneously opening several fire hydrants in an area to create increased water flows, to clean the distribution system of any mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up in the mains.

As usual, the city says it will temporarily use free chlorine rather than chloramines to disinfect the system from April 7 through April 21. The water will still be safe to drink, but customers may notice a more significant smell of chlorine in the water. Customers who must dechlorinate their water, such as owners of dialysis units or aquariums, will not need to change dechlorination procedures.

During flushing, it is possible that discoloration of water may occur because of the increased flow from flushing the hydrants. The city says the water will clear up after it has run for a few minutes. If any discoloration occurs, users are advised to run the faucet until the water is clear before washing clothes or similar uses. For more information, call City Hall at 846-4413.

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