Atoka Public Works to Complete Hydrant Flushing
 
Posted on Monday March 21, 2016
 
The Atoka Public Works Department will be working over the next several weeks to flush and maintain water lines throughout Atoka. This may result in temporary discoloration or "cloudiness" in the water - something that can be remedied by running a faucet for a few minutes until the water clears.
 
You may notice Water Department crews working at fire hydrants and see water running down the street. While this may, on the surface, seem wasteful, it is a critical part of maintaining a clean and safe water distribution system. Normally in the spring, we flush water lines through the use of fire hydrants, which is an important preventive maintenance activity. This routine maintenance program is necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system allowing us to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.

As a result of the line flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air 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 home by running all water faucets for a few minutes.

The same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. Your home’s water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturers’ recommendations, to keep it working effectively and efficiently.
 

 
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