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Carmichael Water District flushes to maintain a high level of water quality in the distribution system. Over a period of time particularly at the dead-end locations, stagnant water containing biofilm will build up in our distribution system. The only way to alleviate this build-up is by opening the hydrants to achieve high-velocity cleaning of the lines. The District's seasonal flushing program maintains system water quality.
Carmichael Water District flushes the system primarily in the winter months when water demand is low. The District also flushes lines at a customer's request. During seasonal demand variations when the District operates wells and during project or emergency shutdowns the distribution lines may be affected. At these times, you may notice a discoloration of your water. The district will schedule flushing in affected areas on a regular basis as well as on an as-needed basis.