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Posted on: May 7, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Storm Lake Announces Hydrant Flushing Schedule

Storm Lake, IA – The City of Storm Lake will be conducting an intermediate hydrant flushing round beginning around 11PM on Wednesday, May 9 and running through about 8AM on Friday, May 11th, 2012.

This flushing program continues the process of moving the entire water distribution system through 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.

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.

The City will continue to update customers on additional flushes through our web page, our Twitter (@Storm_Lake) and Facebook (City-of-Storm-Lake) pages, and through the local media.

Additional notifications regarding flushing as well as community alerts can be obtained through text and email alerts through the Buena Vista County Alerts system. Residents can sign up for these alerts by visiting the City’s web page at

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