The City of Moscow began annual flushing of the water system via hydrants on Monday, September 25, 2017. Flushing will continue throughout the week. Water Operators will be performing flushing of the system starting today and ending on Friday from 4:00 am to 11:30 a.m. each morning.
Flushing is tentatively scheduled as follows:
- Sep 25th - from Main Street west to the City Limits between D Street and Taylor Avenue
- Sep 26th - from D Street north to the City Limits between Almond Street and Polk Street and from Taylor Avenue south to Palouse River Drive. To include the Frontier addition
- Sep. 27th - from 6th Street north to the City limits between Polk Street and Mountain View Road to include the Fort Russell Area
- Sep 28th - from 6th Street south to the Troy Highway and east to Mountain View Road to include the Indian Hills Addition
- Sep 29th - everything east of Mountain View Road from the north to the south City Limits
NOTE: While driving in areas of flushing be extra careful and take into account the possibility of water on the roadways.
Periodic flushing of the water distribution system is a vital part of the operation and maintenance of any public water system, and a state regulatory requirement. The City's well water is high in iron and manganese which reacts with chlorine creating floc, reddish colored fluffy particles, that will settle in the piping system during normal flow condition and be re-suspended during high flow periods, regardless of the well's filtering system. This re-suspended floc or sediment results in red or dirty water. Thorough flushing removes the majority of this sediment from the piping systems thereby improving overall water quality; however some floc or sediment may remain in the pipes and residents may see water discoloration.
If you experience water discoloration, run your cold water for 10 minutes, or until it remains clear. Run hot water briefly before washing clothes. If the water remains dirty, please call the Public Works Department at 208.882.3122 as this may require additional localized flushing. Residents are also advised not to do laundry until the water runs clear and it is also normal for the water to have a slight metallic taste for several days after the flushing is complete. It is not harmful to ingest this sediment but it is not recommended.
The City of Moscow thanks citizens for their patience during this routine maintenance process which is necessary to ensure a continued supply of quality drinking water to citizens. To report problems, or if water discoloration persists for an extended period of time, citizens should call the Public Works Department during business hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 208.882.3122.