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Hydrant flushing ongoing around the city

Hydrant flushing began May 13. All hydrants will be flushed to ensure the hydrants are operating properly. The project is expected to take about six weeks to complete, weather permitting.

All hydrants in the city are flushed not only to ensure they are performing correctly in case of emergency, but also to maintain the integrity of the water main network. It removes sediment and rust from the water and addresses stagnant water.

Though flushing may occasionally discolor the water for a few minutes, it is safe to drink. Residents may want to check for signs of discoloration before using the water to wash clothes, particularly white clothes. Removing the screen on a faucet and letting the water run can help clear up the discoloration.

Questions about hydrant flushing can be directed to the Public Works Department at 651-714-3720 or

Reminder: stormwater ponds are not for recreational useStormwater pond
Parents should remind their children not to play near stormwater ponds, especially near drains.

A stormwater pond has two main purposes: residential flood protection and treating urban water run off before it flows into natural bodies of water. Stormwater ponds at times may have a constant flow of water running through them. These unpredictable and fluctuating water levels create an unsafe environment for recreational activities.