Hydrant Flushing

The Water Department completes hydrant flushing once in the spring and once in the fall. The process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity in the city. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Monticello Public Works Department at 763-295-3170.

About Fire Hydrant Flushing

The City flushes out its water mains through the fire hydrants. The hydrants are opened and water is forced through at high speeds to clean the pipes and remove sediment and minerals that settle over time. We also verify that the hydrants are in good working order.

Although it may appear to wastewater, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.

Occasional Results of Fire Hydrant Flushing

During flushing, deposits from water lines may create a yellowish to brownish water discoloration in homes near flushing areas. While this water is safe for drinking, it may discolor laundry. If you are experiencing discolored water, we advise residents to hold off from doing laundry and run water until lines run clear.

If this discoloration lasts longer than two days, residents are asked to call the City's Utility Department at 763-271-3274.