Utilities crews finish flushing water lines in west Oklahoma City
Residents in west Oklahoma City may begin flushing their home water systems of remaining mineral buildup dislodged when crews on Tuesday reconnected a 30-inch water main as part of a turnpike construction project.
Visit okc.gov/water or click here to find guidelines for how to flush your water system at home. The guidelines are posted on the Utilities Department’s main page and also on a separate page on the site. Anyone with continued concerns can call (405) 297-3334 to ask about help with flushing or in-home water testing.
When a line is turned off and turn back on, the force of the water can cause mineral buildup to dislodge in a process called hammering. Mineral particles can get into the water, causing it to appear cloudy or colored. The buildup occurs naturally in public and private water systems – usually calcium, magnesium, iron and similar elements.
Crews flushed mains between Interstate 40 and SW 29th Street from Sara Road to Cimarron Road to clear the lines. By Friday morning, all mains were clear.
City staff tested the water continually at multiple sites in the affected area, including in individual residences. Every test showed the water met federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) standards for safe drinking water.
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