BOONE, Iowa—Last year, Boone Public Works began using a new system for flushing water mains. The flushing is done by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to discharge water. That part is unchanged. What started last year was a set pattern to flush the mains from a set point point and then work outward, like starting at the hub of a bicycle wheel and working outward along the spokes. By controlling the flushing, it requires fewer personnel, usually only one person, and it limits areas affected by the flushing with discolored water. The one thing it will do is extend the timing for flushing mains. Once it starts on April 14th, flushing will continue as Public Works Director John Rouse describes it as “All Day Every Day until Winter.”
Flushing water mains will be done during normal business hours and residents should watch for flushing activity in their own neighborhoods to make sure that discolored water does not affect their needs.