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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Uni-Directional Flushing Program

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Updated: Due to the lack of rainfall, Spotsylvania County Utilities has postponed uni-directional flushing, which was scheduled to begin on October 15, 2019 in the Fawn Lake Subdivision, until further notice.  

When rainfall amounts are sufficient, Spotsylvania County Utilities plans to begin uni-directional flushing in the areas that it serves as a proactive method to improve service standards and enhance the water system. 

The main difference between normal flushing and uni-directional flushing is that the crews will now control the direction and velocity of the flow in the pipes.  This will help to increase the removal of mineral deposits and increase the overall water quality in the system.  During the uni-directional flushing process, crews will be operating system valves to direct flow through specific pipelines. This process will likely take longer than normal flushing as the field crew will be working in a meticulous order through the system.  

In most cases, our customers will not notice any changes to their water delivery during the uni-directional flushing process.  In some cases, however, homes may experience a temporary slight drop in water pressure and/or discolored water due to varying velocities and flow rates in the water system.   

If you experience a slight discoloration in the water, which at times is unavoidable, you can run cold water through your bathtub faucets for a short time after the flushing near your home has completed. This should clear the water at your residence.  The discolored water does not pose a health hazard; however, iron and manganese may be stirred up within the water system during the uni-directional flushing process.  If the discolored water does not clear up after running cold water for a few minutes, please contact Spotsylvania County Utilities.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (540) 507-7300, option 2, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

After business hours, weekends, holidays:  please contact (540) 507-7340 or (540) 507-7350.

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