City of Grand Junction flushing hydrants

For approximately the next two weeks, city residents may notice discolored water, low water pressure and increased water in streets and gutters, as the city of Grand Junction conducts its annual spring hydrant flushing program.

The program has been done annually since the 1993 discovery of a harmless bacterial biofilm in the city’s water system, according to a news release from the city. No biofilm has been found since, and the city attributes that to this hydrant flushing program.

The flush runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, beginning today on Orchard Mesa and ending at 29 Road and Orchard Avenue.

“During this period of time we will make every effort possible to serve our customers with the least amount of disruption to service as possible,” Ron Key, water services supervisor, said in a statement.

Although snowpack on Grand Mesa is well below average, Key said the amount of water used in the flush — about 3 million gallons — is equivalent to what city water customers use in one winter day or one-third of what customers use on one summer day and “would not impact our overall supply.”

Customers who notice discolored water when turning on a faucet should let water run for several minutes to clear the service line, the release said.

In addition to flushing the system for public health, the program also eliminates taste and odors in water, removes accumulated sediment, and allows crews to inspect and perform routine maintenance of fire hydrants, the release said.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Key at 244-1572.


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