The City of Battle Creek Water Division will be doing their annual flushing program starting May 31, 2016 and finishing approximately the week of July 4. Water Division crews will be flushing fire hydrants from Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This schedule is used to minimize the inconvenience to our customers and to allow the water to stabilize in the water mains before the normal daily demands occur.
Flushing fire hydrants and water mains provide several benefits to the water users of our system. Regular flushing allows for the highest quality of water to be delivered to our customers. Flushing also allows the staff of the Water Division to verify operation of the distribution system and identify areas that require repair and/or maintenance. This also ensures that the fire hydrants are ready should the Fire Department need them.
The process of flushing the water system often results in cloudy or discolored water. We do what we can to limit this. The safety of the water supply is not diminished by this process. A schedule and map of our planned flushing program is available here. The Water Division will keep these schedules updated regularly in the news media and on the Updated Flushing Maps page.
While the flushing crew is working in your area, please be observant of the water quality while doing laundry or other tasks that require rust-free water. Discolored or rusty water may be present in the area being flushed as well as adjacent areas. If you should encounter discolored water, we recommend that you run water at cold water taps within your home or business.