Flushing is a preventative care. The amount and cost of water used in flushing is minimal and a fraction of the cost of repairing lines and pipes from lack of maintenance.
What should I do if I use water while my water line is being flushed?
If there is no discoloration, your water is okay to be used. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait ten minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running the tap for 5 to 10 minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.
How will I be affected?
Most customers are not aware that flushing is taking place in their neighborhood. But customers in the flushing area may experience discolored water or a small drop in water pressure. Your water service should not be interrupted. If you have no water pressure, please notify us by calling 407.688.5100
How often will the City perform the UDF flushing?
This is a yearly event.
When does flushing normally occur?
Normal Business hours Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
How do I know when my area will be flushed?
Information will be available on the City’s website listing the different flushing zones. As well as letters will be mail to residents with information with information on the City's Flushing Program. This letter will also show the date and time period that City personnel will be flushing in a particular area.
Where does the water go?
The City has a network of storm drainage pipes, ditches, and drainage basins that directs water to various detention ponds, creeks, and rivers.
How does flushing improve water quality?
The City of Sanford water distribution system is a complex network, where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate in the pipes over time. The flushing program removes sediment and ensures that the distribution system is operating at its best.
What is Unidirectional Flushing (UDF)?
Unidirectional flushing is the process of cleaning the water mains of a water distribution system by flowing water in one direction through the mains. This is accomplished by closing specified valves and by flushing strategically located hydrants. By closing specified valves, the velocity of water through the mains is increased. The main purpose of unidirectional flushing is to improve water quality within the distribution system. It is generally considered to be more effective at removing sediments than conventional flushing and also uses less water.