The City of Iowa City will begin opening and flushing water hydrants on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Hydrants are flushed to remove sediment and clean out pipes. Crews will also check for repairs and for adequate water pressure needed by the Fire Department during emergencies. 

Flushing will happen between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday - Friday. Schedules will be posted as an alert to the homepage of and on Messages will also be posted to the City of Iowa City Twitter and Nextdoor. Notifications will be updated daily.  

People should be aware that rust from iron pipes can be released as part of the flushing process, and may cause some temporary tap water discoloration. If this happens, let the water run until it clears. It is also recommended that laundry be done in the evenings or on weekends when flushing is happening in your neighborhood. 

Hydrant flushing will continue throughout the warm weather season, weather permitting. There are more than 3,500 fire hydrants in Iowa City that are checked and serviced each year.

For more information, call 319-356-5164. 

Date of publication

Wednesday, March 29, 2017