During hydrant flushing, it is possible that temporary discoloration will appear in the water due to loosened iron, sediment or air bubbles. Residents should refrain from washing laundry or using a dishwashing machine when flushing is occurring in or near their neighborhood as the temporarily discolored water may cause staining. Also, a more pronounced chlorine taste or odor in the water may be noticed just after flushing.
When flushing is completed, it is recommended to run the cold water taps until water appears clear prior to use. This will help clear out any sediment and air bubbles that may have entered the water lines inside the home. Any increased chlorine taste and odors will dissipate after a couple of days. If water pressure seems low, check faucet screens for trapped particles.