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6/2/2019 - Water System Flushing

NOTICE

WATER SYSTEM FLUSHING

The La Crosse Water Utility will be starting its annual water system flushing program on Sunday, June 2nd.  Please note that flushing will be conducted during the overnight hours, Sunday through Thursday, between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.  Generally, flushing will end at about 5:45 AM to allow the water system to settle before daytime water use increases.  It usually takes three to four weeks to flush the entire water system.   

Clean pipes are essential for a clean, healthy water supply, and that is why the La Crosse Water Utility is committed to maintaining our comprehensive flushing program.  However, flushing water mains can temporarily cause decreases in pressure, may cause short-term discoloration in the water affecting laundry operations, and may affect automatic flushing units and pressure sensitive equipment.  If you do experience discolored water, run a cold tap in a basement faucet or bathtub for a few minutes until the water clears.

During the flushing process, short-duration hydrant and crew noise, street flooding, and flashing vehicle safety lights can also be expected.

WATER SYSTEM FLUSHING SCHEDULE

SOUTH LA CROSSE

Starting at about 10:00 PM on Sunday evening, June 2nd, 2019, the La Crosse Water Utility will begin flushing watermains and fire hydrants in the general area from 7th & King Sts. north to the La Crosse River marsh and east to the bluffs.  Once that area is completed, flushing will continue in the general area from 6th & Cass Sts., working north and west to the river.  Following completion of these areas, flushing will continue to the south and east until all hydrants in south La Crosse have been flushed. 

Barring interruptions or emergencies, flushing work on the South Side is expected to be completed around June 12th.    Areas adjacent to these areas may also be affected by the flushing.

NORTH LA CROSSE

The La Crosse Water Utility estimates they will begin flushing watermains and fire hydrants on the North Side around 10:00 pm on Sunday evening, June 13, 2019. The flushing will first concentrate on larger transmission mains, followed by system flushing in residential areas.  Many of the transmission mains will be valved-off and isolated to reduce potential impacts to adjacent residential areas.  Flushing will begin in the general area around the Airport, working south and east, including areas noted below.

            Airport Industrial Park

            Lauderdale Court

            Moorings Drive

            Nakomis & Cherokee Avenues

            Clinton Street, Bainbridge Street & Sky Harbour Drive in the Town of Campbell

            Interstate Industrial Park

            Gillette Place

            Oak Street         

Following completion of these initial areas, flushing will continue to the south and east until all hydrants on the North Side of La Crosse have been flushed.

Barring interruptions or emergencies, flushing work on the North Side is expected to be completed around June 21st.