Conway Corporation is currently flushing the city’s water mains and is moving to the next area today.
The process will continue in an area of Conway bordered on the west by Donaghey Avenue, north by Tyler Street, east by Interstate 40 and south by Dave Ward Drive. It should take four weeks to complete.
Utility crews typically flush the water distribution system once a year to remove sediment and improve drinking water quality. When flushing, fire hydrants are opened, increasing the velocity of water moving through the pipes. Flushing removes sediments that may affect the water’s taste and color and is an essential preventive maintenance strategy for the water distribution system.
According to Water Systems Manager David Bradley, while a loss of water pressure is common, the process doesn’t typically interrupt water service. After flushing, tap water may appear “brownish.”
“Let your tap run for several minutes until the water released is clear,” Bradley said. “The colored water is unsightly, but still safe for consumption.”