Hydrant Flushing Begins in City of Lake Forest

The City of Lake Forest water/sewer staff will flush fire hydrants to remove accumulated sediment build-up, to improve water flow and quality throughout the water main system.

The schedule is as follows:

April 17 – April 21             East of Western Avenue from the north City limits to Westleigh Rd., including Villa Turicum.

April 24 – April 28             Between Western Avenue (including Western Avenue) and Rt. 41 from the north City limits to Old Elm Rd.

May 1 – May 5                  West of Rt. 41 from the north City limits to Rt. 60

May 8 – May 12                West of Rt. 41 from Rt. 60 to Everett Rd.

May 15 – May 19              South of Everett Rd. to south City limits west of Rt. 41*

*In this area, the city will be doing directional flushing where sections of water main will be isolated to maximize flushing.  Residents will be notified 24 hours in advance of any water outages in this area.

If delays occur and changes need to be made to the schedule above, the revised dates will be posted on the City of Lake Forest website.

You may experience lower than normal water pressure and a short period of water discoloration during flushing and shortly thereafter.  Though the water may be discolored, it is safe to drink.  However, until the water runs clear, it is advisable to avoid washing clothes, especially white fabrics.  If any rust stains appear on your wet laundry, do not dry your clothes.  Please call the Water/Sewer Section at 847.810.4650 or 847.810.3571, and arrangements will be made to resolve the situation.

Once the hydrants in your neighborhood have been flushed, you should run cold water either from your basement’s utility sink or from a hose outside.  This will flush any rusty water out of your water service line.  Never run warm or hot water immediately after a hydrant has been flushed, as this could lead to sediment getting into your hot water heater.

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