Hoquiam flushing out the dirt
The City of Hoquiam will be flushing hydrants starting next week.
Flushing is scheduled to begin April 28 and will continue until June 13, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The distribution system contains 61 miles of pipe, and it is expected to take approximately one month to complete flushing.
The Water Department annually cleans flushes to remove minerals and other materials that accumulate in the lines are removed. This material is not harmful to your health but it can temporarily cause discolored water.
Customers may notice discolored water or a change in water pressure when flushing is conducted in their area. When flushing is taking place, the City recommends that customers check to ensure tap water is running clear before using it for drinking, cooking or clothes washing. Customers who experience some coloring or sediment in their water should let the water flow from their taps for a short time (5-15 minutes) to flush and clear their plumbing.
Flushing often involves the release of large volumes of water from fire hydrants. Residents may notice this water flowing along the gutter line of the street and entering storm drains.