Boonville starts water main flushing program

Chris Bowie
Boonville Public Works Department flushes a water main through a fire hydrant Monday June 8, 2020 in the Sunset Trails subdivision. The water main flushing will continue through Friday.

Boonville started a flush of its water distribution system Monday.

The city will blow out the main water line through hydrants 7:30 a.m. to 3:30. p.m. over the next five days throughout the entire city, Boonville Assistant Director of Public Works Jeff Ditto said in a news release. There are approximately 500 fire hydrants in the city limits of Boonville.

Workers will start near the Boonville water plant and each flushing takes between five to 10 minutes. The system flush typically takes place in April and November, but was delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Main flushing removes sediments that may affect the water’s taste and color and is an essential preventive maintenance strategy for the water distribution system, Ditto said in the release.

“We do this so everybody can have clean water and you don’t have a whole bunch of stuff in your main line,” he said. “This is most effective on your dead end streets, where you don’t have a lot of movement through your water main. A lot of that stuff just sits there.”

While a loss of water pressure is common, the process typically does not interrupt water service. Water may appear cloudy or discolored and while not harmful, may stain laundry.

If a resident’s water is cloudy or discolored, they should wait until the nearby flushing is complete, Ditto said. Faucet aerators or filters should be removed to let cold water run until it clears.

If the discolored water persists, residents should call city services at 660-882-5257. Vehicles should avoid the fire hydrant water streams.

The water still can be used on plants and landscaping.

Residents do not have to worry about anything being wrong with their water, Ditto said.

“This is just a normal maintenance,”he said. “We are adding nothing to the water and we’re not taking anything out of the water.”