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City to Flush Water Lines

Post Date:06/13/2017 1:31 PM

June 13, 2017

Patti Jett
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell

City to Flush Water Lines

The City of Baytown will begin flushing water lines throughout the city starting on Wednesday, June 14. The process is expected to take between 5 – 10 days. Residents may notice open hydrants and should not be alarmed as this is just part of the flushing process.  The City is taking the action as part of a response to the 2017 Citizen Survey, in which some residents indicated dissatisfaction with the taste of the water.

Detailed water quality testing is being performed at 13 locations in various parts of the city, followed by a flushing of the entire water system. Follow up testing will allow the city to determine if there are quantifiable differences in the water in different parts of the city, and if these differences relate to the taste complaints.

Flushing water lines is a standard, important operational procedure for any water system and is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to provide safe, high-quality drinking water to all customers.

The purpose of flushing is to remove sediments and stale water and to help maintain chlorine residuals throughout the entire distribution system.

Residents may notice some water discoloration and/or cloudiness. There may also be a chlorine taste and odor during this time, and water pressures could be low, but all of these effects are normal and temporary.

For more information, or to report issues with the City’s water service, call 281-420-5300.