The City of Iowa City Water Division began the annual fire hydrant flushing and maintenance program on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, which will continue throughout the summer.

Fire hydrants are a crucial public safety component, providing water for fire protection, as well as to flush the municipal water system after a water main break or service work. Hydrants will be inspected and repaired to ensure reliability during emergencies.

As part of this process, rust from iron pipes may be released and can cause temporary tap water discoloration. If this happens, let the water run until it clears. Wash laundry in the evenings or weekends, as flushing will take place during between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have questions or concerns about this work, contact the Water Division at 319-356-5166.  

To find out when hydrant flushing is happening in your neighborhood, visit and look for an alert on the homepage, or check for updates on Nextdoor

Date of publication

Monday, March 02, 2020