City of Dubuque to Conduct Fire Hydrant Flushing 

The City of Dubuque will begin an extensive fire hydrant flushing project on April 1, extending through the spring and summer months.

Fire hydrant flushing and valve exercising are crucial processes that help ensure the City’s fire hydrants are functioning properly. Hydrant flushing involves periodic inspections, flow testing, and preventative maintenance. It helps reduce aesthetic issues related to water quality by removing iron and mineral deposits from the water lines.

“Hydrant flushing helps preserve the integrity of Dubuque’s entire water system,” says Water Distribution Supervisor Carl Plumley. “This is one of the ways to ensure we are delivering high-quality water to residents and that hydrants work properly for both firefighting and resident use.”

While the hydrants are being flushed, residents may notice short-term inconveniences such as reduced water pressure and discoloration in their water. While discolored water from hydrant flushing does not present a public health issue, it could potentially stain laundry. If residents see discolored water, they are encouraged to make sure the water has moved through their plumbing by letting the water run for approximately five minutes or until it returns to its normal color.

Any residents experiencing persistent loss of water pressure or water discoloration should report these issues to the City of Dubuque Water Department by calling 563.589.4291.

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