Flushing is a process the Water Department completes in the spring and the fall. The process is necessary to remove sediment and improve drinking water quality. To flush the system, fire hydrants are opened and water is forced through the lines at high speeds, cleaning the pipes and removing the sediments that can affect the taste and color of our drinking water. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Monticello Public Works Department at 763-295-3170.About Fire Hydrant Flushing
Flushing the water system on a routine basis removes sediment from lines and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed. The process of periodically "flushing" fire hydrants, however, is an important preventive maintenance activity in the City of Monticello.
Although it may appear to waste water, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.
As a result of the flushing procedure, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work area may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and precipitates and does not affect the safety of the water.
If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your own home by running all water faucets for a minute or two. Please direct further questions to the Monticello Public Works Department at 763-295-3170.