Illinois American Water’s Sterling District will begin its annual maintenance program today, Monday, September 26th. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October. Work includes flushing fire hydrants and water mains in the Sterling service area.
During this period, fire hydrants will be evaluated for functionality, repaired when necessary, and flushed. The process of flushing hydrants is essential in identifying fire hydrants in need of repair and maintaining optimal water quality throughout the potable water distribution system.
Through the discharge of water from the fire hydrant(s), water flowrates are increased to provide a scouring effect that removes mineral deposits that may accumulate in the water main. While the majority of mineral deposits are removed from the hydrant discharge, it is not uncommon for customers to experience a temporary discoloration of water within their residence or dwelling. The removal of these deposits is critical in maintaining water quality.
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