The Public Works Department has recently been receiving calls from residents about instances of cloudy or rusty water occurring in the Ridgewood subdivision. Initial investigations in the subdivision to not appear to correlate to a water main break. The location of the Ridgewood subdivision puts it the furthest subdivision from any of the Village's water towers and subsequently water circulation through the pipes may not be as prevalent during the day due to the distance and the low volume of people in the subdivision during daylight hours.
The Village traditionally conducts a hydrant flushing program to remove sediment and rust from the water mains annually. Due to the drought and the construction at the water plant in 2012 hydrant flushing was put on hold for one year. The schedule for 2013's hydrant flushing was originally scheduled to begin at the end of this summer.
However, due to issues with cloudy water and the fact that the Ridgewood subdivision is on the furthest end of the distribution system, the Public Works Department will be accelerating its hydrant flushing program to flush some sediment from the pipes for the summer demand.
Hydrant flushing is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 24th. No residents should experience any loss of water pressure, but it is common during hydrant flushing procedures that residents will experience cloudy water immediately following flushing on their block. The purpose of the flushing program is to pull sediment out of the pipe and some residual sediment may linger after the flushing process is completed.
If residents experience cloudy water after the pipe has been flushed they are recommended to run the lowest cold water tap in their home until the water runs clear.