Fall Hydrant Flushing begins September 17


The 2017 Fall Hydrant Flushing Program will begin on Sunday, September 17 and continue through Monday, September 25. Most of the flushing will be done at night between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with some additional day flushing between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Public Services Department personnel will flush the hydrants and mains to remove accumulated sediments. While flushing doesn’t affect the safety of the water supply, tap water may appear cloudy or discolored immediately after flushing. The City is advising residents to run their cold water in their bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear again, and is discouraging them from using their washing machines the day of flushing and for 24 hours after, since clothing could become discolored.

Periodic flushing is necessary to get rid of deposits that form inside the water mains.  Over time, sediment builds up on the inside of water distribution pipes, narrowing the path that water can flow through to individual homes and businesses. Flushing stirs up water in the mains and forces water and sediments out. By widening the path that water can flow through the mains, the flushing program will improve water flow, helping the City to better meet the needs of Public Safety fire personnel. Another goal of the flushing program is to make sure that all water supply systems work, including pumps, storage tanks, mains, valves, and hydrants.

If you have scheduled construction or maintenance projects during this time, please contact Robert McClenney at 337-8148 so that necessary precautions can be taken to avoid conflicts or problems.

You can view the Fall Hydrant Flushing Program schedule pdf here (436 KB)


City Commission Meeting to take place at Hays Park on Monday, September 18

The Kalamazoo City Commission will meet for their regularly scheduled neighborhood and business meetings on September 18, 2017 at Hays Park, located at 2001 Miller Road. On street parking is available near the park.

The neighborhood meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Before the meetings begin, residents are invited to come to the park for a community picnic beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Free hotd ogs will be provided by Smoked Down BBQ while supplies last.

A B&W Charter bus will be departing from City Hall at 5:45 and 6:45 to take residents to and from Hays Park for the meetings. The bus will return to City Hall following the business meeting’s conclusion.

This meeting will not be broadcast live but will be recorded and made available on the City’s YouTube Channel and played on Public Media Network after a brief production period.

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to the City Commission Chambers at City Hall. 

City-wide Master Plan Reception to be held on September 12

Join your neighbors, Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell and City of Kalamazoo staff on September 12 to review and discuss the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan!

At 7:00 p.m. Mayor Hopewell will be joined by City staff to give a presentation on the Imagine Kalamazoo process, the Master Plan, and what comes next in Kalamazoo. Before and after the presentation, attendees can review the Master Plan with City staff, offer feedback, and participate in activities related to the plan. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Parking is available on-street and in the lots across from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on South Street and Lovell Street. Both the North and South entrances to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts may be utilized.

Join us to see the result of over a year of community discussions and learn about what comes next once the new Master Plan is adopted!

RSVP on Facebook here.

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