Madison residents who notice discolored water running from their taps need not worry – crews are flushing water mains across the city this week.
According to a city statement, Madison Water Utility is performing unidirectional flushing to clean out minerals from water mains. The operation takes about 30 minutes on average and involves opening and closing valves in each section of the main, which can cause residents to notice discolored water, lower water pressure or a brief pause in service.
Officials are reminding residents that if they notice a dark tint to their water, they should turn on their cold-water tap located nearest to the water meter for a few minutes until the water begins to run clear.
Residents can check when crews will be checking water mains near their homes at http://www.cityofmadison.com/water/programs/waterFlushing.cfm.