Winter is finally losing its grip, and life is returning to the chilly soil, pushing up sprigs of cheat grass. Disclaimer: the preceding sentence, having been written in February, is totally imaginary - accept it at your own risk. The rest of this newsletter may be considered somewhat reliable.
Below ground, our pipeline system is likewise coming out of hibernation. The sluggish. flows of winter have deposited their usual bed of rust and miscellaneous crud in the pipes, just waiting to be stirred up and delivered to your washer load of white unmentionables.
Well, this month we are gonna stir it up. Our annual pipeline flushing program will commence Monday, March 5th, and will continue over the next couple of weeks until we are sure we have adequately irritated each and every one of you. Starting at the high end of the system and working our way toward the low end, we will open fire hydrants and other flushing stations, trying to cause velocity in the pipes and sweep out the winter’s accumulation of unwanted stuff. This makes a clean distribution system, which is good, but may cause you a temporary inconvenience, which is bad. We know the good outweighs the bad, but the bad is undeniable.
When flushing is being done near your home, especially downhill from you, it will cause low water pressure, or no water at all for a while. When your water returns, it may have a milky, muddy, or rusty appearance. Milky water is caused by air. If you set out a glass of water for a few minutes and it clears up, it was air, which is harmless and will eventually go away. Mud and rust, however, are the products we need to get rid of. You can help by flushing your own pipes. Just open a faucet, preferably outside, and let it run until clear. We won’t begin reading meters until after the flushing program is finished, so you will not be charged for using extra water to flush your home plumbing.
Discolored water caused by flushing is not dangerous to drink. Nothing has been added to it that was not already there. But, some of us naturally resist water that looks like it has to be chewed. If you are that way, we recommend you store some jugs of drinking water in your refrigerator before March 5th, or stock up on brown drinking glasses. And we recommend caution if laundering whites while your neighborhood is getting reamed...er, flushed.
The schedule is expected to run like this: March 5th - 7th, Surface Creek valley; March 7th - 9th, Cedar Mesa; March 12th - 14th, Redlands Mesa. Meter reading will begin for the 2007 season Monday, March 19. The flushing schedule is subject to upset, so if it’s vital for you to know when you will be affected, call our office as your time approaches and we may have more up-to-date information. And, if your water goes off, it is okay to call and ask if it was caused by flushing. It may be something entirely different that we don’t know about, but ought to.
Changing the subject, we need your help in maintaining the correct physical address of your water tap, especially if different from your mailing address. Our meter readers say they can’t find meters that have only a post office address. They say the postmaster got tired of them looking around and threw them out. Likewise, bear in mind that the old county address system ceased being valid a couple of years ago (sob). Please check the right hand column of your bill for your meter address and phone number. Just make corrections on the bill and send it back with your payment. Thanks for your help, and thank you for the many encouraging notes (and Mom’s cartoons) you have sent us. They sure brighten our days.