City Water crews will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program Monday, Sept. 27, during daytime hours.
We expect to finish the program by mid-October. Crews will flush hydrants during the day, Monday through Friday, between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. While we usually do this work overnight, this year’s change will create safer working conditions, and meet some other scheduling needs in the Department of Public Works.
You can generally expect to see our crews in these areas:
- Week of Sept. 27 – Area north of Dickman Road, including Bedford, and the northern part of the Emmett Township water system
- Week of Oct. 4 – Area south of Dickman Road, working out to the Fort Custer Industrial Park
- Week of Oct. 11 – South to Beckley Road, and the end of Capital Avenue SW
The flushing process often results in cloudy or discolored water; please be mindful of this while doing laundry or other tasks that could be affected. We do what we can to limit this, and the water always is safe during the process. Discolored or rusty water may be present in the area where crews are flushing, as well as in neighboring areas. If you see discolored water from your taps, we recommend that you run the cold water in your home or business.
You might see water pressure changes while we flush, but those should be brief. We do not shut off water during this process, and boil water advisories are not necessary. If you do lose water pressure for a long period, or completely, check your aerators first. If the problem continues, please call us at 269-966-3506, option 2.
This information will be posted on our website, battlecreekmi.gov. Check out the City Spotlight section at the bottom of the home page. Staff will update the website daily with maps of flushing progress across the city.
Because of the change to daytime flushing, we also will send the daily maps as text and email alerts. At battlecreekmi.gov/notifyme, you can sign up for Water System Information text and/or email notifications to receive these, and other water system news.
Flushing hydrants and water mains provides several benefits to our water system users. Regular flushing provides water of the highest quality to our customers. It also allows our crews to verify that our water system is operating properly, and identify areas that require repair and/or maintenance. It also ensures that fire hydrants are ready for use should the Fire Department need them.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we maintain our city’s infrastructure.