City water looking rusty? Don’t worry, it’s temporary and for a good reason

The City of LaPorte Water Department wants to inform city residents that spring water system flushing began April 22. Flushing will continue Sunday through Thursday nights from approximately 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until all city lines are flushed. It is done at night to minimize inconvenience to customers.

The first week of flushing is being done predominantly on the north side in the areas around Pine Lake Avenue to the north, around the lakes and up to the Toll Road.

Discolored or rusty water may occur in some areas during flushing. Running the cold water tap for several minutes is usually enough to clear it up. The water is safe to drink, but if you are doing laundry and the water enters your washer, do not dry the clothes. Washing the items again after the water clears normally takes care of the problem.

Flushing is done to maintain the high quality of water in the distribution system and to make sure that all fire hydrants are in working order. During flushing, all hydrants are lubricated and operated as well as assessed for maintenance or potential replacement.

This year the water department is also flow testing all hydrants to provide necessary data for the LaPorte Fire Department. The high flow rate attained by flushing and testing the fire hydrant picks up any settled iron that may have accumulated in the mains and removes it.

“We apologize for any inconvenience that water system flushing and flow testing may cause, but remind our customers that they ultimately benefit from system flushing through the maintenance of water quality and fire protection capability,” a water department press release states. “The flow testing information helps the fire department to improve the city’s fire insurance rating, which can lead to lower property insurance rates.”

Customers who have questions regarding water hydrant system flushing may call the water department at 219-326-9540. An operator is on duty 24 hours per day.

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