Customers in northern parts of New Hanover County may briefly experience discolored water today as Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews perform hydrant flushing Wednesday morning.
The flushing is system maintenance to improve water quality in the Castle Hayne and Kings Grant areas. Flushing at six hydrants is planned to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the following areas:
- 4500 block of Coddington Loop
- 200 block of Brookfield Drive
- 5100 block of Exton Park Loop
- 3950 Juvenile Center Drive
- 100 block of Linville Drive
- 100 block of Milhouse Road.
The flushing will last for approximately 2 to 3 hours and is expected to be complete midday Wednesday.
During the process, customers may notice discolored water coming from some taps. The high-velocity flushing process can cause cloudy water due to excess iron in the water system.
While the water is safe to consume, customers are advised not to run light-colored laundry loads in their washing machines during the flushing to avoid potential staining. To clear discolored water from household taps after the flushing is complete, turn on taps for a few minutes until the water runs clear.
Anyone with questions or concerns about water quality can call CFPUA customer service at 910-332-6550.