Will hydrant flushing affect your water?

If you are using water when the fire hydrant flushing process is occurring in your neighborhood, the water that we are scouring out of the water distribution system could be drawn into your home's plumbing system. Although the water may be discolored, smell different and / or have a slightly different taste, it is safe to use.

If water gets into your ice maker or laundry while we are flushing hydrants in your area, there are some simple remedies. For ice, after the water returns to normal, discard the discolored ice and the new ice will be fine. For most laundry loads, you may not even notice a change; however, white or light-colored laundry may be affected. 

Questions? Email Municipal Utilities Customer Service or call 515-963-3565.

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