The City of Natchitoches’ Utility Department would like to notify the public of a system wide flush of the city’s water distribution system set to begin Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The City plans to start flushing in East Natchitoches to the east of Williams Avenue with flushing of the water system anticipated to be completed by the second week in December.
What is Water Main Flushing?
Water main flushing moves water systematically through sections of a drinking water distribution system, creating a scouring action to clean the line. The increased flow rate scours the water pipe’s inner walls and helps to remove build-up of naturally occurring debris and sediment.
The water is discharged through select fire hydrants onto local roads or other surface areas. The process is critical to the overall maintenance of a distribution system and is one of the most important practices carried out by public drinking water systems to maintain high water quality, improve the carrying capacity of pipes, and ensure proper operation of distribution system components, such as hydrants and valves.
During flushing you may experience differences in water pressure and a slight color to the water. Although the water may be discolored it is safe to consume. Flushing is done as an important part in maintaining adequate chlorine residuals in outer areas of a water distribution system.
For more information, please contact the Utility Department at 318-357-3850.