Kentucky American Water to conduct spring cleaning

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – You may see Kentucky American Water crews in your area this spring opening fire hydrants and letting them flow for a period of time. This is all part of a maintenance activity for the water distribution system, called “flushing.”  Flushing helps to remove normal sediment in the pipes that collects over time.

This year’s water system flushing activity will take place in Fayette County during the evening and overnight hours beginning Sunday, April 24, and continuing through Friday, May 6.

Flushing in the company’s Owenton service area will occur during daytime working hours starting Sunday, April 24, and will conclude on Tuesday, April 26.

Scott Co. area flushing will occur during daytime working hours from Monday, May 9, through Thursday, May 12, and Clark County service areas will be flushed during daytime working hours on Friday, May 13.

The company says customers may notice a more significant chlorine smell in the water from April 21 to May 23.  This is normal and not harmful. Kentucky American Water temporarily switches disinfectant from chloramine to free chlorine, which has a more noticeable smell. Although the chlorine smell may be more apparent, the level of
chlorine in the water remains the same. If the chlorine odor is too strong, you can reduce it by placing water in a glass container in the refrigerator overnight uncovered.

It is also possible that customers may experience a slight discoloration of their water when crews are working in their areas of town. Should a customer notice discolored water coming from the tap, they should simply run their cold water faucet until the water clears. The water remains safe to consume, but customers may want to avoid such activities as washing clothes when crews are flushing in their areas, since there is potential for discolored water that could stain clothing.

Customers can watch for more details about the program inserted in their monthly water bills from mid-March to mid-April. Fayette County residents can also use this interactive map to determine when lines in specific areas will be flushed.

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