The City of Kalamazoo works 24/7/365 to operate and maintain our public water system. As part of this regular maintenance, the system is flushed twice per year through water hydrants. Fall hydrant flushing will take place September 19 to 28.
Over time, naturally-occurring sediments can build up in pipes and narrow the path that allows water to flow. Flushing stirs up these deposits and forces them out of the system. This improves water flow and helps the system better meet our community’s needs.
Flushing does not affect the safety of the water system. Most flushing will take place at night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. When necessary, daytime flushing will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Water may appear cloudy or discolored immediately after flushing. If this occurs, please run cold water in a bath tub or utility sink until it becomes clear again.
Avoid doing laundry immediately after flushing as some fabrics could become discolored.
If you have scheduled construction or any questions related to hydrant flushing, please call 311 or (269) 337-8000.
You can also find information about hydrant flushing and a map of the City of Kalamazoo in the View from the Curb.