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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Update on City's Flushing Program

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The City of St. Cloud continues to conduct routine flushing throughout the City’s water system to eliminate accumulated sediment that discolors water and has been reported by residents. We recognize that this is an inconvenience and frustrating. We understand your concerns, and continue to work aggressively to resolve any possible discoloration in the city’s watering system. In the meantime, as crews continue flushing, residents may notice a temporary drop in water pressure and/or discolored water, particularly in proximity to the areas being flushed. Please know that when hydrants are flushed in one area of the City, water in some other service areas could also become discolored.

As we’ve made public in the past, the flushing process moves significant amounts of water and quickly. When water in the main pipe is moving quickly it sometimes picks up sediment in the pipe which can lead to the discoloration and is simply unavoidable.

We are in the final stages of installing new polishing units that will further filter the treated water to help remove sediment from city pipes.

Without question, discolored water is unappealing, but all routine testing that has been done to this point shows our water meets State and Federal standards. Our goal is to be forthcoming throughout this process. We will increase communications to keep you better informed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information please visit our website.

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