Edina, Minn., April 25, 2023 – Starting May 1, City of Edina Public Works will begin its spring hydrant flushing program. Flushing will continue for approximately four weeks, and during this time, residents may notice rust-colored water that could stain laundry but is safe to drink.
This program is necessary to clean the watermains and minimize the amount of naturally occurring minerals, like irons and manganese, into homes. Flushing also allows the Utilities Division to identify hydrants in need of maintenance.
“Spring flushing in response to the lower water demands of winter is critical for minimizing potential water quality issues that otherwise could arise during the high-demand summer season,” said Public Works Assistant Director Dave Goergen.
Please check for signs of discoloration prior to washing clothes. Do not dry if you encounter red or brown staining on your clothing. Instead, contact Public Works for a free iron-removing product, and then rewash.
If the water is discolored when you turn on your tap, simply run the water until it is clear. Because the water system is a single-pressure zone, it is possible to cause red water problems in any area of the city while flushing.
For questions or concerns about the program, call the Utilities Division of Public Works at 952-826-0375.