Water Main Flushing Program

2017 Program


The 2017 water main flushing program will begin on May 22, 2017. The City of Aurora and its consultant, CMT, Inc., will be conducting a water main flushing program from May through August 2017.

Location 


2017 Watermain Flushing Area

 The general flushing program area for 2017 is bounded by the following streets:

  • North of Illinois Avenue from Lake Street to Randall Road
  • North of Galena Boulevard from Randall Road to the west

Informational flyers have been mailed to addresses within and near the area that may be affected by the flushing program.

When


Flushing may occur Monday through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Hotline


Recorded message updates on flushing areas may be heard by calling 630-256-3270.

Schedule


Look for signs and crews in your neighborhood around the following dates. Dates are approximate and subject to change based on factors such as weather. 

2017 Watermain Flushing Sub Areas (85x11) - Updated

Sub-Area

From

To

1A

5/23

6/5

1B

6/2

6/12

1C

6/9

6/19

1D

6/16

6/26

1E

6/23

6/30

1F

6/29

7/10

1G

7/5

7/11

1H

7/10

7/18

1I

7/17

7/20

1J

7/19

7/25

 

Purpose


The purpose of the flushing program is to provide better water quality to our customers.

Flushing water mains removes sediment that may have accumulated in the water main pipes. The City of Aurora has used computer modeling of the water system to develop a program that combines unidirectional and conventional flushing methods.

Unidirectional Water Main Flushing


Unidirectional water main flushing uses a systematic method of closing water main valves and opening hydrants to direct water through targeted segments of pipe at a high water flow velocity. This method uses less water and is more effective at removing sediments than conventional flushing procedures, but can take more time and be more costly.

Conventional Water Main Flushing


Conventional water main flushing uses a sequential method of opening each hydrant along a section of water main without closing water main valves. This method can be completed more quickly than unidirectional flushing but may use more water and is less effective on larger size pipes.

The water main flushing program accomplishes different goals than the yearly fire hydrant flow testing performed by the Aurora Fire Department.


Minimize Problems


  • Watch for signs placed a few days before flushing occurs in your neighborhood.
  • If water discoloration is noticed, stop all water use and wait. Several hours may be required to rid the cloudiness from the water mains that serve your home or business.
  • Turn on outside spigots, cold water bathtub faucets, flush toilets, and run a cycle through the washing machine to clear the water in your service line.
  • Be certain discolored water is out of your water service line before using large amounts of water or doing laundry.
  • Do not wash clothes or run a dishwasher during or immediately after flushing takes place. Washing clothes with discolored water can cause laundry stains.
  • If laundry does become stained, do not dry it. A bottle of liquid polymer laundry aide helps remove stains and is available for free from the City of Aurora by calling 630-256-4636.
  • Discolored water poses no threat to your health. You may wish to avoid drinking or cooking with the water.

Lead 


If you think you may have lead pipes in or leading to your home and you want to know more about the potential for lead in your water, start by visiting the City's lead page

Further Questions


If you have further questions about the flushing program please contact the City of Aurora at 630-256-4636.

The City of Aurora appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of drinking water provided to our valued customers.