Flushing of hydrants to start April 5

Spring hydrant flushing will begin in the city of Coon Rapids Monday, April 5.

by Peter Bodley
Managing editor

Spring hydrant flushing will begin in the city of Coon Rapids Monday, April 5.

The areas of the city where hydrants will be flushed this year are west and south of the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe double-line railroad tracks to the Mississippi River and south of TH 610 from east of the double line tracks to University Avenue and the border with Blaine and south to the city border with Fridley.

Coon Rapids maintains over 290 miles of water lines and about one-third of the hydrants are flushed each year.

According to information provided by the city’s public works department, the flushing procedure may result in temporary water discoloration for residents in the immediate flushing area.

But the discoloration does not affect the safety of the water, the public works department states.

The department offers this advice to residents who experience discolored water after crews have flushed the hydrants in their neighborhood – clear the pipes in the home by running all water faucets for a minute or two and avoid doing laundry until the discoloration clears.

During the flushing process, a city operator opens each hydrant to its maximum flow, which stirs up iron deposits and settlements and removes them from the system.

The operator cleans and lubricates operating parts, checks the operation of the hydrant and valve, and makes a note of any needed repair work.

According to the public works department, the process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is an important maintenance activity and is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to residents.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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