Hydrant Flushing Program
Primarily performed in the spring and fall, residents will see Public Works personnel flushing water from hydrants. The goal of the program is to make sure the hydrants operate properly in the event of a fire and to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality.
How long does it take to flush the entire City?
Hydrants are flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Typically the entire City is flushed in four to six weeks. Signs are placed in neighborhoods to remind residents that the program is underway in their area. Residents can .check if crews have already visited their neighborhood by checking the City's progress map.
As described above, fire hydrants are periodically opened to flush water mains in the system. Additionally, the Geneva Fire and Public Works departments routinely use hydrants to make assessments as to whether adequate pressure and flow are available to satisfy normal system demands as well as the increased demand required in the event of a fire. These actions, as well as some construction activities, may result in brief periods during where water customers may observe moderate discoloration in your tap water. Customers are encouraged to contact the Public Works Water Division if rusty water occurs.
Is rusty water safe for consumption?
Yes. Occasionally water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing. If this happens, residents are encouraged to let their faucets run for a few minutes if they notice any discoloration. If it does not clear the first time, people should wait a few minutes and run the water again. Residents should avoid washing clothes until the water is clear.
Questions regarding the City's hydrant flushing program should be directed to the Geneva Public Works Department Water Divison at 630-232-1551.