The Indio Water Authority maintains a fire hydrant flushing program for approximately 4,000 fire hydrants that are part of the distribution system. The program consists of opening fire hydrants for maintenance and water quality reasons. The IWA maintains records of the program including which hydrants are flushed and when.
Hydrants are flushed for several reasons:
- Even the best water can get stale if not used enough and by flushing the IWA maintains a fresh water supply
- To help maintain the water quality in the mains by removing fine sediment that comes from our natural aquifer and may have settled
- Flushing will also help the IWA to use less chlorine but still maintain small amounts in the water system as required by State and EPA regulations
- To make sure the hydrants are in proper working condition for fire protection
- Verify ample flow for fire fighting
Your water is safe to drink. Fire hydrant flushing is preventative maintenance. There may be a temporary drop in water pressure. Occasionally, water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing. If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn’t clear the first time, wait a few minutes and run the water again. You should avoid washing clothes until the water clears. For additional information please see FAQ’s or please call 760-625-1822.
Current/Upcoming Flushing Areas