City crews will be conducting their annual water main flush starting next week. Water main flushing cleans the mains of mineral deposits that build up naturally inside pipe walls. If the mains are not periodically flushed, the build-up can reduce the capacity and the efficiency of the City’s water distribution system. This is an important part of maintaining our water infrastructure and provides a cleaner, more reliable water supply to your home or business.
While the flush program is taking place, the City will do everything possible to minimize any negative influence on the water system. It is not uncommon for the flushing activity to cause temporary discoloration of the water. If the water in your residence is discolored, run a cold water tap in the bathtub for a few minutes and this should clear the lines in your house. Water customers should not wash white clothes or use their hot water taps when crews are flushing in their area as mineral deposits may stain white laundry.
Please continue to check the City’s web page for notifications when we are planning to flush the water system in your area. The first section of town that will be impacted in the week of January 9th is the Northwest section of Ferndale, adjacent to Horizon Middle School. We will also have signs set out in the areas we intend to flush.
For more information or questions, please contact Ferndale Public Works at (360) 685-2379.