Apr 24, 2018
Waukesha — The Waukesha Water Utility spring water main flushing has begun.
The annual flushing program, which started Monday, is done each spring to remove settled iron particles from within underground water mains.
Utility customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water during flushing. The utility advises water users not to be alarmed if water looks rusty during or immediately after hydrant flushing, as the discolored water is caused by naturally occurring minerals being stirred up within the water mains.
Should a customer notices rusty water flowing from their tap, they should run cold water until the water runs clear. Only after the water returns to normal should laundry and other water projects be resumed. It may be necessary to run the water as long as five to 10 minutes to clear out the minerals.
The inconvenience which may result from water main flushing should not last for more than a day.
The utility expects to complete the program by the end of May. If problems persist, customers should call the utility’s customer service department at 262-521-5272.