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Posted on: April 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] East Lansing’s Annual Flushing of Water Mains to Begin Monday, April 24

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing’s annual flushing of water mains will begin on Monday, April 24. The flushing will take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for approximately two to three weeks.

The flushing program will take place primarily in the area west of Abbot Road and north of Wolf Court, Gainsborough Drive and Bessemaur Drive within East Lansing’s City limits. Remaining areas of the City will be included in future flushing activities. 

Inclement weather or other unusual conditions may alter the project schedule. Residents are encouraged to visit for updates and additional information, including a map that shows where the flushing has been completed, is currently taking place and has yet to be completed.

During the water main flushing, residents may experience a reduction in water pressure when the crew is flushing the main immediately adjacent to their home or business. The pressure will return to normal once the flushing in the immediate area is completed. 

As a result of the water main flushing, some residents within or adjacent to the project area may also experience cloudy or rusty-colored water when they first turn on their faucets. The discolored water is safe and does not pose a health concern; however, residents are encouraged to check their water prior to doing laundry or other home projects in which discolored water could present a problem. 

If residents experience discolored water, they are advised to run cold water through a non-aerated faucet, such as a bathtub or outdoor water spigot, for five to 10 minutes until the water becomes clear. 

The City appreciates the cooperation and patience of residents while this work is performed. Residents can contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459 with questions or for additional information.  

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