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Posted on: March 1, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Water Main Flushing

The City of Blaine Public Works Department will begin its annual water main flushing program on Monday March 1, 2009. Water main flushing cleans the pipes of mineral deposits that naturally build up on the inside walls of the pipes. If the pipes are not periodically flushed, the build-up can reduce the capacity and the efficiency of the water distribution system. The water used during the flushing operation is de-chlorinated before it is discharged into the city storm drainage system.
It is not uncommon for the flushing activity to cause temporary discoloration of the water. The discolored water is not harmful to human health or other household uses. If the water in your residence is discolored, run a cold water tap in the bathtub for a few minutes, this should clear the lines in your house. Customers are advised not to wash clothes or use their hot water taps when crews are flushing in their area (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), as mineral deposits may stain white laundry.
If you have any questions regarding the flushing activity, please contact the City of Blaine Public Works Department at 360-332-8820 or email

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