Dirty or Rusty
Customers in Pawhuska may experience dirty or rusty colored water. This is frequently the result of water main maintenance.
Each spring, and as needed throughout the year, the Fire Department flushes hydrants. Hydrant flushing is preventative maintenance technique used to improve water quality and flows. Releasing water from hydrants at high velocity scours and scrubs water lines. This dislodges films, removes sediments and deposits, and helps control corrosion. It also helps restore flow rates, pressures, and maintains water taste and quality.
The Fire Department also tests the flow, making sure they are ready, if needed, to protect the community from fires.
Since hydrant flushing does scrub the distribution system, it may temporarily result in rusty or discolored water. This means that the hydrant flushing is working.
If you experience rusty or discolored water, run cold water from a faucet or an outside hose for a couple of minutes to clear the water. If the water does not clear after about 15 minutes, please call (918) 287-3260.
Also, avoid using hot water or doing laundry if water is rusty or discolored. This keeps sediment from being drawn into the water heater or onto clothes. When the water flows clear again, normal water use may resume.
For more information, please fill out and submit our online Contact Us Form or call (918) 287-3260.