Water main flushing begins Monday in Clinton

CLINTON — Iowa American Water will conduct water main flushing in Clinton beginning Monday and continuing through April 26.

This routine work is being done as part of an annual water main flushing program that enhances customer water service by flushing or cleaning mineral deposits and sediment from water mains. Iowa American Water maintains and inspects over 1,200 fire hydrants annually in Clinton.

“The flushing program is designed not only to maintain a high quality of water in the Clinton distribution system but to inspect and operate all of our fire hydrants to assure they are in good working order as well,” said Jarrek Lucke, operations superintendent for the Clinton district.

The flushing is set to begin in downtown Clinton on Monday. Much of the flushing will occur before normal business hours Monday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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 for the safety of workers and motorists.

No interruptions in water service will occur because 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 their water. Iowa American Water recommends that 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 toll-free, 24 hours a day, at 1-866-641-2108.

The water main flushing will be performed by Iowa American Water crews. They will be working out of trucks identified with the company logo. All employees will also have photo identification badges.