Monday, May 2: Chandler Utilities will begin flushing water mains today. The areas included will be: Kenosha Hills area, Epworth medical area, Arbor Pointe Subdivision, Telephone/Bell area, Jenner to Plank, Woodfield Subdivision, Heim Rd to Baugh Dr & the area north of Heim Rd.
Chandler Utilities flushes water mains twice a year. Flushing the water system by opening up fire hydrants allows us to remove mineral build-up and sediment from our water mains, as well as to ensure water quality throughout the system. Routine flushing is recommended by Federal and State agencies that regulate drinking water quality.
Most customers will only be affected for one day during the flushing period. On the day that flushing occurs in your area, we recommend you minimize water usage to avoid any issues. If you must use your water during the flushing period (typically 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), you may encounter:
- Low water pressure – This will be temporary (typically no more than a couple of hours), but could be intermittent throughout the day. As the hydrants being flushed pull a higher volume of water than normal from the mains, the pressure drops for customers in the immediate area. If you have experienced a drop in pressure for an extended period of time, please call our Maintenance Facility at 812-925-6213 to ensure there isn’t another issue going on.
- Rust-colored water – The discoloration is simply a build-up of naturally-occurring iron in the water that has settled in the mains between flushing periods; it is the same build-up that we are attempting to flush out of the system. The water is completely safe and still meets federal and state drinking water standards. Although safe, the discoloration can stain laundry, so it is best to clear out any discolored water from your plumbing lines before additional water use. To clear out your lines, we recommend you run COLD water through your bathtub until it runs clear; this can take up to 20 minutes. If you use hot water while there is discoloration, the discolored water may linger if it gets inside the water heater tank. The same is true if you use a water softening system; bypass your softener to avoid pulling the discolored water into your water softener tank.
- A hammering noise in your pipes and or milky-looking water – In some instances, air can get into your lines when you turn on a faucet during water main flushing. If this happens, you may experience a hammering noise and/or sputtering, or water that appears cloudy or milky and clears up as it sets. To flush air out of your lines, turn on your cold water in all of your faucets until the water flows freely and/or runs clear; it may take several flushes to clear the line to your toilet.
To help customers better prepare for the flushing program, here is a tentative schedule of which areas will be effected by the flushing in a typical cycle:
PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is not set in stone; as with all projects, there is a chance an issue will arise that will delay the flushing schedule in a particular area. Please check our website daily during the flushing period to confirm which area will be effected for that particular day; updates are typically made by 7:30 a.m. and will be posted at the top of this post, as well as in an alert banner at the top of our main webpage.
Day 2 (tentatively TUESDAY, May 3): Jenner Rd at Hwy. 261 – everything northeast toward Boonville; Plank/Old Plank at Hwy. 62 – everything east toward Boonville.
Day 3 (tentatively WEDNESDAY, May 4): Jenner Rd between Castle Garden Rd and Hwy. 261, and the area north from Jenner Rd to Gardner Rd.
Day 4 (tentatively THURSDAY, May 5): The area between Hwy. 62 and Gardner Road, from Plank Road to Fuquay Road, and Lee Acres Subdivision.
Day 5 (tentatively FRIDAY, May 6): The area between Hwy. 62 and Les Drive, from Baugh Drive to Birkshire Drive in Chandler.
Day 6 (tentatively MONDAY, May 9): Everything south of Hwy. 662, from Frame Rd to Anderson Rd/Schneider Rd between Hwy. 662 and Hwy. 66, Park Place Drive south to Hwy. 66, and the northeast corner of Hwy. 261 & Hwy. 66 near Newburgh.
Day 7 (tentatively TUESDAY, May 10): Between Hwy. 66 and Oak Grove Road, from Libbert Road to Hwy. 261, and within Carter Heights Subdivision; also, McCool Road to Millersburgh Road between Center Road and State Street north of Chandler.
Day 8 (tentatively WEDNESDAY, May 11): The area between Libbert Rd and Fuquay Rd, from Oak Grove Rd to Telephone Rd, & Tanglewood and Sandalwood subdivisions.
Day 9 (tentatively THURSDAY, May 12): The areas from Oak Grove Rd to Jenner Rd between Anderson and Fuquay Roads in Paradise.