City Council looks to temporarily suspend hydrant flushing

By From page A3 | February 24, 2014

VACAVILLE — City staff is recommending the temporary suspension of the annual valve exercise and hydrant flushing for 2014 due to water waste concerns during the current drought.

The action is part of the city’s Water Quality Program allowing sediments that have settled into the system to be flushed out through the fire hydrants. The California Department of Public Health recommends regular flushing to remove residue such as rust and flaking pipe materials in order to maintain water quality and reduce odor and color complaints by customers.

Hydrant flushing usually releases less than one-half of 1 percent of the city’s annual water use.

The City Council will meet and discuss this and other issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at 650 Merchant St.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • D. RowtFebruary 24, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    It's probably not worth it, but could they flush the water into a water tanker truck, and then dump said water into a farm water storage facility?

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  • Rick WoodFebruary 24, 2014 - 10:43 pm

    Notice the wording "due to water waste concerns." Who's concerns? The answer has to be either people who don't know the true status of Vacaville's water supplies or people who believe everyone in the state needs to share the pain some water-short areas are feeling. The fact is, Vacaville nor Fairfield are short water. There is no reason for those two cities or any others similarly situated to sacrifice waterline flushing and it's water quality benefits.

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