CLINTON — Iowa American Water is planning to conduct water main flushing in Clinton during the next four weeks as part of its annual distribution system maintenance program.

Flushing in Clinton will begin today and continue through Oct. 19. The routine work is being done as part of an annual main flushing program that improves customer water service by flushing or cleaning mineral deposits and sediment from water mains. Over time, these sediments can build up in water mains causing discolored water and/or restricted flows.

The flushing was to begin in downtown Clinton at 4 a.m. today. Flushing will also begin at 4 a.m. Tuesday near the west end of town. The remainder of the flushing will occur during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Wednesday. During the flushing, it may be necessary for water company crews to temporarily close streets they are working on for very brief periods of time.

“The flushing program is designed to maintain a high quality of water in the Clinton distribution system,” said David Hanson, operations superintendent for the Clinton district. While no interruptions in water service will occur as a result of the work, Iowa American Water advises that when crews are flushing nearby, customers may experience a drop in water pressure or some discoloration of the water. Iowa American Water recommends any customers experiencing discolored water let their cold water run to clear before using it again and refrain from doing laundry during that time. Any water discoloration or low pressure problems should last only a short period of time. If problems persist, notify Iowa American Water’s customer service line 24 hours a day at 1-866-641-2108.

The water main flushing will be performed by Iowa American crews. They will be working out of white or silver utility trucks labeled with the company logo. All employees will also have photo identification badges. Customers with questions can call Iowa American Water’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1-866-641-2108.

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