Brooklyn Center water line flushing kicks off April 24

This map outlines the five hydrant flushing areas in Brooklyn Center from April 24-28. (Image courtesy of the city of Brooklyn Center)
This map outlines the five hydrant flushing areas in Brooklyn Center from April 24-28. (Image courtesy of the city of Brooklyn Center)

The city of Brooklyn Center will begin its annual hydrant flushing process on the final Monday of April, which will occur over five days.

Brooklyn Center utilities workers will commence the flushing of city water lines April 24. The flushing maintenance is scheduled for five days, with the city flushing lines in a different section of Brooklyn Center each day.

The accompanying graphic shows the five different flushing areas in the city. Area 1 will be scheduled for April 24; Area 2 on April 25; Area 3 on April 26; Area 4 on April 27; and Area 5 on April 28. The process will run 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on all five days, though the schedule is subject to change due to the nature of the hydrant flushing process.

Residents are advised that the flushing may loosen rust in their pipes, which could risk the staining of laundry. Residents are encouraged to check their water prior to doing laundry, and to even delay their laundry until flushing is completed in their area.

Brooklyn Center residents are also advised to perform their own annual maintenance after the city’s flushing crews have left the area. Some tips include putting softeners on bypass for the duration of their flush; removing aerators and mounted filters from faucets; turning on both outside faucets and then following with the laundry tub, kitchen sink and the bathtub; running cold water only through each area for 15-20 minutes; and checking water hoses leading to sinks, washing machines or dishwashers for any leaks, rust or corrosion.

The city advises all residents to proceed with caution when seeing city crews operating hydrants in their areas. For more information on the annual hydrant and water line flushing in Brooklyn Center, call Public Works at 763-585-7100.

Contact Christiaan Tarbox at [email protected]