Stafford County Utilities Department routinely conducts Flushing throughout Stafford County each year.
The hydrant flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the County's water distribution system. Flushing allows Stafford County to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers and ensures adequate water flow is available to firefighters, residents and businesses. The flushing process is a controlled procedure that draws water more forcefully through the distribution system removing the sediment, rust, debris or stagnant water that naturally accumulates in the water mains.
2023 Water Main Flushing Program
Improves water quality in the distribution system, and ensures a high level of disinfection in the County water mains.
- Verifies the proper operation of fire hydrants and valves
- Helps find weaknesses in the water system
- Checks for closed valves and weak flows in the water mains
- Verifies adequate fire flows for fire fighting
Crews will work each day, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
- If possible, limit your water use
- Wait until flushing has subsided in your area then run the cold water tap until the water runs clear
- If you have a water softener and are experiencing discolored water, place the unit into regeneration or cleaning mode after hydrant flushing is completed in your area
- Remember rust colored water is safe, but it may stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover
- Check the faucet screens for trapped particles.
- Do not prepare baby food or formula if the water is discolored. Use bottled water or pre-prepared food and formula. You can also boil the water for 5 minutes to ensure safety.
- Do not wash clothes if the water is discolored.
- It is okay to use the water for showering, bathing, and toilet flushing.
Some people are more sensitive than others to chemicals. Individuals who have health concerns should seek medical advice from their healthcare providers.