Hydrant Flushing

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UNIDIRECTIONAL HYDRANT FLUSHING

During the months of January through May 2018 the Palm Bay Utilities Department will be conducting Uni-Directional Hydrant Flushing (UDF) throughout North-Central Palm Bay.  Hydrant flushing is a routine procedure that is conducted at various points within the City’s water system throughout the year to ensure that hydrants are functioning properly and that the water quality is at its best.  The UDF program is a more systematic approach to hydrant flushing that involves the closing of valves in the distribution system and opening of hydrants in order to create a single direction of water flow.  This type of high-speed flushing scours and cleans sediment deposits inside of water mains, controls corrosion and rust issues, improves overall water quality, and provides a number of other benefits. The UDF program will affect only those residents connected to the City's water service. Homes receiving water from private wells will not be affected by the hydrant flushing.

DURING FLUSHING

  • You may notice reduced water pressure and possibly, discolored water during flushing in your area. Avoid running tap water and/or using the washing machine or dishwasher until flushing is complete.
  • Please slow down and drive carefully while traveling through the flushing work zones.

AFTER FLUSHING

  • If you notice any discoloration in your water after the flushing is conducted in our area, please run your faucets for two to five minutes. This should result in water running clear. The discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the water’s taste or quality.
  • If water pressure or volume seems low, remove your facet screens and check for trapped particles.

Flushing Schedule

 Zones 1 - 5
 January 22 -February 2
 Zones 6 - 10
 February 5 - February 18
 Zones 11 - 12
February 20 - March 2
 Zones 13 - 16
 March 5 - March 16
 Zones 17 - 18
 March 19 -march 30
 Zone 19
 April 2 - April 13
 Zone 20
 April 16 - April 27
 Zones 20-21
 April 30-May 11
 

 

 

NE UDF Flushing Schedule