The City of Madison Water Utility will be flushing water mains on and around campus overnight from May 28–June 1, between 10pm and 5am.
Flushing operations may lead to discolored water, which can be drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color) or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main which can stain porcelain and laundry.
If discoloration occurs, open a cold tap to full flow until the water runs clear. In some situations this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause problems.
For more information, visit the City of Madison Water Utility Water Main Flushing Program.