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City of Winter Haven Waterline Maintenance

Posted August 13th, 2020

The City of Winter Haven Utility Services Department is working with Hydromax USA to flush existing waterlines and exercise valves in the area as part of its infrastructure maintenance program. This process has started in the southwest portion of Winter Haven and will continue in a northeast direction until the work is completed.

In most cases, customers will not notice any changes to their water delivery and should not experience an interruption in water service. However, some homes may experience a slight temporary drop in water pressure and/or colored water due to varying velocities and flow rates in the water system, which is unavoidable. Under most circumstances, faucets can run for a short time after the flushing is completed and the water should clear. The colored water does not pose a health hazard; however, iron (red water) and manganese (black water) may be stirred up within the water system during the flushing procedures and could cause laundry staining. If you notice a change in water color run your water long enough to insure it is clear prior to doing laundry. Residents with medical conditions that require clean water should acquire bottled water for their needs when hydrant flushing is in your area.

Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) is a method of cleaning the water mainlines through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from a fire hydrant. It involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific fire hydrants at the end of that sequence. This technique allows higher water flow velocities by isolating certain sections of water mains. The higher water velocity allows for better scouring of the pipes and will use 40 percent less water in the process than conventional methods. Flushing pipes at higher velocities will dislodge and remove mineral deposits and sediment that accumulate in the water mains.

For more information, please contact the Utility Services Department at (863) 291-5853.