Flushing and Waterline Maintenance

Hydrant Flushing

Stafford County Public Works’ Water Department is conducting its annual Fall Flushing Program in certain areas of Stafford County from October through November. 

Flushing allows Stafford County to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers and ensures adequate water flow is available to firefighters, residents and businesses. The flushing process is a controlled procedure that draws water more forcefully through the distribution system removing the sediment, rust, debris or stagnant water that may have collected in the water mains over the past year. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Message boards will be placed throughout each scheduled flushing area to let residents know flushing will be occurring in that neighborhood. The message boards will be set out at least 12 hours before the process begins and will remain there until flushing is complete for that area .
  • Utility trucks will be parked in front of the hydrants and crews will control and monitor the entire flushing process. Each hydrant takes approximately one hour to flush.
  • During the flushing process, customers may experience a short-term decrease in water pressure or discoloration of water. If you encounter such conditions, run your COLD water for five minutes.

If the discoloration persists for more than six hours, please contact Stafford Public Works at (540) 658-8695.

WHERE ARE WE CURRENTLY FLUSHING?

The Public Works Department has prepared a map for customers to check and verify if they are in the flushing area. Please visit the link below to see where we are flushing currently.

Map

  1. TIPS FOR MINIMIZING WATER DISCOLORATION DURING HYDRANT FLUSHING
  2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

• If possible, limit your water use.

• Wait until flushing has subsided in your area then run the cold water tap until the water runs clear.

• If you have a water softener and are experiencing discolored water, place the unit into regeneration or cleaning mode after hydrant flushing is completed in your area.

​• Remember rust colored water is safe, but it may stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover.