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Elkhart Hydrant flushing begins Sunday

City will start with downtown areas first.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 22, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

ELKHART — The city of Elkhart will begin flushing fire hydrants this weekend.

The city will conduct the flushing in different parts of the city over a two-week period, beginning early Sunday morning.

The city’s website,, has a map and more details of the annual flushing schedule.

City workers will begin flushing hydrants in the immediate downtown area as early as 6 a.m. Sunday morning, April 28, and the work will continue through May 13.

The city utility department warns residents that on the day when flushing is scheduled in their area, drains should be plugged in flood prone areas. Residents are also encouraged to make sure inlets and catch basins near their homes are clear of debris.

Since flushing will discolor the water, it is advised residents not use their washing machines when flushing is in progress within the area. Some discoloration will also occur in areas not on the schedule that particular day.

Operations will begin daily at 6 a.m. and continue until sunset in some areas. Motorists are reminded to use caution when driving through flushing areas.

Water pressure will be reduced in certain areas as a result during the flushing.

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