Water Main Flushing Program

2018 Program


The City of Aurora and its consultant, CMT, Inc., will be conducting a water main flushing program from May through August 2018. 

Location 


2017 Watermain Flushing Area

 The general flushing program area for 2018 is bounded by the following streets:

  • West of the Fox River—South of Illinois Ave from Lake St to Randall Rd and south of Galena Blvd from Randall Rd to the west.
  • East of the Fox River—west of High St between Indian Trail and Pierce St, along Broadway between Pierce St and Spring St, west of Anderson St between Spring St and Benton St, west of Ohio St between Benton St and the south City limits, and west of Eola Rd between 5th Ave and the south City limits.

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

2A

5/8

5/17

2B

5/15

5/25

2D

5/31

6/8

2E

6/6

6/14

2G

6/12

6/18

2C

6/15

6/22

2F

6/21

6/26

2H

6/25

6/29

2I

6/28

7/11

2J

7/10

7/17

2K
7/16 7/23
 3C 7/20 7/31
 3D 7/30 8/8
 3F 8/7 8/17


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.
  • Do not wash clothes or run a dishwasher during or immediately after flushing takes place nearby. Washing clothes with discolored water can cause laundry stains.
  • If discolored water is noticed, stop water use, wait, then turn on cold water faucets such as an outside spigot or bathtub to clear your service line.  If necessary, after your service line is clear, run a cycle through the washing machine to clear your laundry water lines.
  • Be certain discolored water is out of your water service line before using large amounts of water or doing laundry.
  • Discolored water poses no threat to your health. You may wish to avoid drinking or cooking with the water.
  • If laundry does become stained, do not dry it. A free bottle of liquid polymer laundry aide helps remove stains and is available for free from the City of Aurora by calling 630-256-INFO (4636).

Lead 


There is no detectable level of lead in the City’s water distribution system.  However, lead can potentially dissolve into your water if water sits for several hours in your plumbing fixtures or your service pipes that contain lead.  If you want to know more about the potential for lead in your water, visit: www.aurora-il.org/lead 

Further Questions


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

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