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HYDRANT/WATER MAIN FLUSHING

The Richfield Utilities Division flushes all of its 1,050 hydrants every spring. Flushing typically begins in May of each year and lasts approximately two months. Crews flush hydrants from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

WHY ARE HYDRANTS FLUSHED?
Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. 

IS MY WATER SAFE TO DRINK AFTER FLUSHING?
Your water is safe to drink. Occasionally, water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing. If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn't clear the first time, wait a few minutes and run the water again. 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF HYDRANTS IN MY AREA WILL BE FLUSHED?
For more information contact the Richfield Utility Division at (612) 861-9175.

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