Spring hydrant flushing and maintenance begins Tuesday, April 30

April 26, 2013 01:47 PM
The city of Galesburg water division, in conjunction with the fire department, will begin the spring fire hydrant flushing program on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, and will generally occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first areas to be tested will be:
W. Main St. from the Public Square to Heat & Control on Route 164
W. Ferris St. from Broad St. to Academy St.
Stearman Dr.
Sandburg Lake Estates
S. Pleasant Ave.
S. Ivan Ave.
Deiterich Ave.
S. Arthur Ave.
N. Henderson St.
General hydrant flushing locations will be posted daily on the city’s website at www.ci.galesburg.il.us as well as provided to local radio stations and news media.
Fire Department personnel will incorporate a unidirectional method in the testing process. This is a method of cleaning water mains through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from the largest port on a fire hydrant. This program will involve closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific hydrants at the end of each sequence.
The importance of implementing this program will ensure the greatest quality of water throughout the entire system. This technique allows higher water flow velocities to produce better scouring of pipes. This process will dislodge and remove mineral deposits that have accumulated in the water mains.
The benefits include maintaining and potentially improving the water quality level in the mains. This method will also reduce bacteriological growth, restore disinfection residuals, improve color and turbidity, control corrosion and can help restore flow and pressures in the distribution system.
There may be a slight drop in pressure or a presence of discoloration from the minerals and sediments that are being flushed out of the system. Service should not be disrupted during the flushing process. Areas being affected by the flushing process will have flushing signs placed throughout each neighborhood as a reminder. We urge all residents to use caution while traveling around the Fire personnel and their vehicles, and while entering areas of water accumulation during this program.
For questions or concerns regarding the unidirectional flushing program please feel free to contact the water division at 309-345-3649.


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