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City of Jackson to start flushing hydrants next week

Posted at 7:55 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 12:23:35-04

JACKSON, Mich. — People living in the city of Jackson and surrounding areas may want to get their laundry done this weekend.

The City of Jackson Department of Public Works is starting its Fall Fire Hydrant Flushing Program on Monday, Sept. 23.

The flushing activity will be happening all over the city and some areas of Blackman, Summit and Leoni townships.

Fire hydrant flushing will begin in the southwest section of the City and is scheduled to finish in the northeast section two weeks later on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The activity will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The flushing is necessary to wash iron and other sediment out of the water mains.

This sediment does not affect water quality, but can cause water to become discolored. The water is safe to drink and discoloration often disappears within a short time, according to a press release.

Drivers are urged to slow down where flushing is taking place and use caution while driving around flushing activity.

Residents are advised not to wash clothing while lines are being flushed in or around their neighborhoods. They may also experience lower water pressure or possibly no water during the hydrant flushing.

A map that indicates the areas and dates scheduled for flushing can be seen here.

Anyone with questions about the flushing can call the Department of Public Works-Water Division at 517-788-4170.

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