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Posted on: April 2, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Storm Lake Announces Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Storm Lake, IA – The City of Storm Lake will be flushing hydrants beginning around 11PM on Sunday, April 8 and running through about 8AM on Monday, April 9th, 2012.

This flushing program will be to help move the water treatment process to Break Point Chlorination a normal process which is needed about every two to three years for a system using Chloramination as its treatment process.

During the conversion process it is possible that customers may notice some taste and odor issues until the system is converted back to Chloramination which is estimated to be about four weeks.

To help reduce the potential for taste and odor issues the City will be flushing hydrants at the start and end of the changes and potentially once while in break point chlorination. The first of these flushes will take place overnight between April 8th and April 9th.

During the flushing process the City of Storm Lake recommends that customers check their water supply in the morning from the COLD water supply nearest their water meter and if they notice discoloration or odor to flush their household system for five to seven minutes from that COLD water faucet nearest the water meter.

Should the discoloration or odor continue they can contact the City of Storm Lake at 712-732-8020 and provide their location and the time they noticed the discoloration odor.

During the time when the water supply is being treated through Break Point Chlorination residents who use water for specialized uses, including but not limited to, fish tanks, medical uses, and pools should make sure to test the water prior to use as the water will contain free chlorine residual.

Additional information on this topic is available on the City’s web page at or by contacting the City of Storm Lake by phone at 712-732-8020.

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