Lombard's spring fire hydrant flushing begins on April 13
The Lombard Public Works Department will begin its annual spring fire hydrant flushing program on April 13, with Lombard Public Works Department crews planning to flush more than 2,700 hydrants over a six-week period.
Each hydrant is inspected and operated during the flushing process. Flow readings are also taken to evaluate system capability to provide sufficient water supply.
Low flows may indicate a water-main valve is closed or not operating properly.
Residents are reminded they may experience a temporary drop in water pressure when crews are in the area, a rusty or reddish color caused by iron deposits and cloudy or milky water caused by undissolved oxygen in the water, which will dissipate within a few minutes. These conditions will not affect the quality and safety of the water.
When you see a flushing crew in your neighborhood, avoid running tap water or washing clothes until the flushing process ends. Drive carefully around running hydrants, watch for Public Works crews and keep children away from open hydrants and crews.
Lombard reminds residents if they experience discolored or cloudy water, shut off the water and wait several minutes, then run the cold water for a few minutes or until the water clears. If water pressure or flow seems low, check the faucet aerator screens for sediment.
For more information on hydrant flushing, call the Public Works Department at 630-620-5740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.