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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Resumes Water Main Flushing per EPA Requirements

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April 13, 2020 - The City of Midland will resume its annual water main flushing program on Monday, April 13 that was temporarily suspended due to expired Executive Order 2020-21 (“Stay Home, Stay Safe”).

According to a recent statement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Public water systems have a heightened responsibility to protect public health because unsafe drinking water can lead to serious illnesses and access to clean water for drinking and handwashing is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the EPA has heightened expectations for public water systems. The EPA expects operators of such systems to continue normal operations and maintenance as well as required sampling to ensure the safety of our drinking water supplies.” 

Hydrants throughout the city will be systematically opened to clean and refresh the City’s drinking water distribution system.   

Water main flushing will begin in the southeast section of Midland and will proceed north, remaining east of Jefferson Avenue.  Following completion of the east side of Midland, flushing west of Jefferson will begin in the southern section and again proceed north.  The entire process should be completed in approximately 10 weeks.

Water main flushing sometimes results in discolored water.  While not harmful, tap water may appear orange in color for 5 to 15 minutes.  Residents should avoid doing laundry while their water is discolored. 

The City’s annual maintenance program helps ensure a high level of water quality by preventing corrosion and maintaining a proper disinfection residual.  Information regarding daily flushing activities will be posted on the City’s website at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/flushing.

Contact the Water Distribution Office at 989-837-6950 with any questions.

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