Burnsville's Utilities Department will begin fall flushing of City-owned fire hydrants on cul-de-sacs and non-looped water mains:
Hydrant flushing is anticipated to be complete by the end of September. City hydrants are flushed regularly to ensure they are in working order for fire protection, and to remove mineral deposits that may accumulate in water mains.
Residents are advised that the change in water flow patterns resulting from hydrant flushing may stir up mineral deposits in City water mains.
**During hydrant flushing, it is not unusual for residents to periodically experience discolored water, pressure changes and/or an increased chlorine odor.
Iron in the water is not a health issue, but it may impact the aesthetic quality of the water. If discolored water is present, residents may correct the problem by opening all cold water faucets and allow them to run at the same time until the water clears.
During the hydrant flushing period, residents are encouraged to check the color of their water prior to doing laundry. Discolored water may stain clothes, particularly whites. Rust remover is available from the Burnsville Maintenance Facility, 13713 Frontier Court, for residents whose laundry has become discolored as a result of hydrant flushing.
Burnsville is also home to more than 1,300 private fire hydrants. Commercial building owners, townhouse associations and apartment complexes with privately-owned hydrants are responsible for flushing and maintaining their own hydrants to ensure they are working in case of an emergency. Private maintenance should be coordinated with Burnsville's Utilities Superintendent Linda Mullen (952-895-4550) to ensure minimal disturbance to the City's water distribution system.