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Water department to flush water mains beginning Monday

Posted: June 5, 2014 - 6:15pm

Conway Corporation will begin flushing the city’s water mains Monday, June 9.

The process, which will take approximately one week, will begin on College Avenue and move north to Interstate 40 and at Donaghey Avenue moving east to I-40. Flushing in downtown Conway will take place on Tuesday night, June 10.

Utilities crews typically flush the water distribution system to remove sediment and improve drinking water quality. When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of water moving through the pipes.

Flushing removes sediments that may affect the water’s taste and color and is an essential preventive maintenance strategy for the water distribution system.

According to water systems manager, David Bradley, while a loss of water pressure is common, the process doesn’t typically interrupt water service.

After flushing, tap water may appear “brownish.”

“Let your tap run for several minutes until the water released is clear. The colored water is unsightly, but still safe for consumption,” said Bradley.

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