Barbourville Utilities will be doing our annual water main flushing beginning September 9th around 10:00 pm and continuing nightly through September 13th. This flushing will be done at night to cause the least inconvenience for our customers.

During flushing water is forced through the water mains at a high speed and discharged through hydrants. The fast-moving water scours and cleans the mains. We leave hydrants open until the water runs clear.

Flushing operations may also lead to discolored water, which can be drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color) or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main which can stain porcelain and laundry. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter—usually a basement sink—to full flow until the water runs clear. In some situations, this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause problems.

As a precaution, prior to using hot water run cold water tap for a few minutes to ensure discolored water is not drawn into the hot water tank.

For questions call (606) 546-3189.