What is the silt in the water system after flushing?
Water contains minerals and these minerals react with the inside of the pipe to produce the by-product. This chemical reaction between the pipe and water is a normal and natural process. This process can occur on the inside of the pipe and prevent an adequate volume of water flow. The flushing process removes much of this by-product.

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1. Why does the water system need to be routinely flushed?
2. Is the Utility Department the only ones that flush the lines?
3. What should I do when I see county utility crews flushing hydrants in my area?
4. What should I do after the flushing?
5. What should I do if my water pressure or volume seems low after flushing?
6. Why does the water look funny after hydrant flushing?
7. Is it OK to drink sediment - laden or discolored water during temporary disturbance events?
8. How is the flushing program related to hydrant testing by the fire departments?
9. What is the silt in the water system after flushing?
10. What will happen if fire hydrants are turned on or off too quickly?