The City of Dixon Water Department will be flushing hydrants from Monday, September 21, 2020 through Friday, September 25, 2020.
The flushing schedule is as follows:
Monday, September 21: South of Rock River and East of Galena Avenue
Tuesday, September 22 & Wednesday, September 23: South of Rock River and West of Galena Avenue
Thursday, September 24: North of Rock River and East of Galena Avenue
Friday, September 25: North of Rock River and West of Galena Avenue
Customers may notice some rusty water while the hydrants are being flushed, but this should clear after a short time. If you have any questions, please call the Water Department at 815-288-4557. Hydrant flushing is essential in maintaining a sound distribution system that will deliver a safe and reliable supply of potable water. Flushing removes mineral deposits and pulls fresh water into low flow areas in order to prevent minerals from accumulating and forming scale. Additionally, flushing allows city personnel to check hydrants for proper function. Water flows are also checked city wide to be certain sufficient water is available to fight fires.
City staff recognizes that hydrant flushing can be inconvenient for residents and we appreciate their patience and understanding as we complete this necessary task.
We will be performing maintenance on the water distribution system (flushing hydrants) in your area which may result in sediment being disturbed within the water-mains. Although this sediment is common and expected in any system, we are now required by State Statute to notify our customers that this sediment may contain lead even though our water system contains no known lead conduits. However, the plumbing contained within your
home and/or business may contain some components which could contain lead.
While it is not known for certain whether or not this particular project will adversely affect the lead (if present) in your plumbing, here are preventative steps to help reduce your risk from lead: Run your water for a few minutes to flush out lead after periods of non-use, such as first thing in the morning, after work and returning from vacation. Always use cold water for drinking, cooking and preparing baby formula. Lead dissolves more easily in hot water and boiling water will not remove lead. Periodically remove and clean your faucet aerators.
Learn About Lead Information about the risks associated with lead in drinking water is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website www.epa.gov/lead