May 16, 2023

City of Salina chlorine, hydrant flushing schedule announced

Posted May 16, 2023 4:18 PM
<b>Hydrant flushing from a previous year.</b> Salina Post file photo
Hydrant flushing from a previous year. Salina Post file photo


The City of Salina has announced the dates for its annual water line free chlorine and fire hydrant flushing.

Water line free chlorine flushing

The flushing is scheduled for May 24-July 9. The city's Utilities Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used to treat the city's drinking water.

"This is a preventative maintenance process and consists of turning off the ammonia feed and increasing the free chlorine feed in order to maintain a more uniform disinfection level throughout the City’s water distribution system and Saline County RWD No. 3," the city noted in a news release.

City water customers may notice a strong chlorine taste or odor of chlorine in the tap water during this time.

"These temporary conditions are normal during the modified disinfection process and will not cause adverse health effects. If you are especially sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine, keep an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Users of home dialysis machines, owners of tropical fish and managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are advised to seek professional advice as the method for removing free chlorine residuals differs from removing chloramine residuals from tap water," the city noted.

Fire hydrant flushing

Additionally, the city also will be flushing fire hydrants from May 30-July 3.

"A temporary variation in tap water color, as well as possible sediment may occur. Running water at the tap for one or two minutes should help clear this temporary occurrence," the city noted. "Avoid doing laundry if the water is discolored."

Fire hydrants are flushed as a preventative maintenance activity to "maintain the integrity of the water distribution system and to ensure the delivery of high-quality water to city customers.

"Flushing the water distribution system achieves three objectives: helps to keep the interior of the water lines clean (removes sediment); helps maintain good quality water in the water distribution system; and provides an opportunity to check the operation of all fire hydrants. The water is safe to drink but may cause staining of laundry," the city noted.

The flushing schedule is noted on the following map, courtesy the City of Salina.