Palm Bay UNI-Directional Hydrant Flushing Program Schedule To Begin In June
By Space Coast Daily // June 11, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – During the months of June, July and August the Palm Bay Utilities Department will be conducting Uni-Directional Hydrant Flushing (UDF) throughout North-Central Palm Bay.
Residents will see utilities personnel working at hydrants in areas north of Malabar Road; between Minton Road and I-95 as well as east of Babcock Road on the south side of the Melbourne-Tillman (C-1) Canal, extending east to the Palm Bay city limits.
This program will affect only those connected to the City’s water service.
Homes receiving water from private wells will not be affected.
Hydrant flushing is a routine procedure that is conducted at various points within the City’s water system throughout the year to ensure that hydrants are functioning properly and that the water quality is at its best.
The UDF program is a more systematic approach to hydrant flushing that involves the closing of valves in the distribution system and opening of hydrants in order to create a single direction of water flow.
This type of high-speed flushing scours and cleans sediment deposits inside of water mains, controls corrosion and rust issues, improves overall water quality, and provides a number of other benefits.
As a result of UDF, residents may notice temporary discoloration of the water as well as a possible reduction in water pressure.
For those who may experience discolored water following the flushing of lines in their area, it is recommended that they allow the cold water to run for a few minutes to allow new water to work its way through the pipes and remove the remaining sediment and discoloration.
In some cases, there may still be a slight discoloration for a few hours after flushing. If discoloration persists for more than twenty-four (24) hours, residents can contact the Water Quality Helpline at 321-726-2600,.
Residents may visit www.pbfl.org/flushing for regular updates regarding field activities throughout the area and to learn more about the UDF program.
For more information about the Palm Bay Utilities Department, please visit www.pbud.org or call 321-952-3410.