The Water Department traditionally conducts it annual water main flushing program in the fall for four to six weeks until its completion. Flushing will be conducted in the daytime, between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00.
When flushing is under way you may find the schedule on this page. The schedule is subject to change without notice based on the progress of the utility specialists, so residents are advised to regularly check the website for the most current, accurate information. Residents will also receive a recorded message via our Community Notification system one day in advance of their neighborhood’s flushing. (To sign up for this notification, go to www.lelwd.com and click on the Community Notification Enrollment (CNE) link.)
Residents are advised to restrict water use while their neighborhood is being flushed to avoid drawing dirty looking, but perfectly safe water into their homes. Fluctuations in water pressure – including periods of low- or no-flow – may occur as well during the flushing, but normal pressure will be restored when the procedure is completed. Residents in the general area of direct flushing may also experience these conditions.
The purpose of this yearly maintenance is to remove mineral buildup from the interior surfaces of the water mains. Water is flowed through hydrants in the opposite direction of its normal flow until it runs clear.