If you see water running down the street, don’t worry – Stafford Utilities is not wasting water; the water system is being flushed. Stafford is preparing to commence a “flush and burn” of the entire water system to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality water to citizens. A special treatment process will begin on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and may affect the taste or odor of tap water. The treatment process will return to normal on April 14, 2018; however, flushing will continue throughout May.
The system-wide flush provides a high level of disinfection in water mains that removes minerals and sediment that naturally accumulate in water over time. It’s also a public safety tool in that it tests the operability of fire hydrants.
“The flushing process is a very useful tool to keep our infrastructure healthy and ensure we continue to deliver quality water,” said Director of Stafford Utilities Jason Towery. “Flushing also allows us to test all our fire hydrants, making sure they are fully operable during an emergency.”
What should residents expect?
- The water running down the street is both clearing the pipes and testing the hydrants.
- Residents may experience minor discoloration in their water. If this occurs, customers are advised to flush their cold water faucets for a few minutes until the water runs clear.
- Customers are advised to check the water before washing any white clothing.
- The process may affect owners of fish tanks, laundromats and other water-dependent operations.
This process follows other preventive maintenance-type activities that help preserve and extend the usefulness of aging infrastructure while delivering the high-quality, safe water Stafford residents receive.
If you have questions, you may call Utilities at (540) 658-8616. If you have discoloration issues, you may call Utilities at (540) 658-8630 during working hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or after hours (540) 658-5847.