After pipe installations or repairs, EBMUD crews may flush the lines with water to ensure your water is clean and safe. When repairs are made in your neighborhood, you may want to flush your home faucets as well. Once water service is restored, turn on your front hose bib – the outdoor faucet at the front of the house – until the water runs clear. Also run cold water from the faucets inside your home for 1-3 minutes until clear.
Flushing cleans the inside of pipes by releasing water at high velocity to remove sediment and discolored water. EBMUD crews take steps to protect the environment when flushed water is released.
Large volumes of water may be discharged into tanks or storm drains when crews flush pipes. During the work, they may be operating valves, staging equipment or rerouting traffic. Please remember to use caution in a construction zone.
Water quality inspectors collect samples at the worksite after a pipe is flushed and before it is placed in service, as required by the State Water Resources Control Board. Flushing and follow-up sampling help ensure our drinking water meets or surpasses all state and federal regulatory requirements.