Hydrant Flushing Program

Hydrant Flushing 2

MWRD works hard to ensure and maintain exceptional water quality within the distribution system. This has been accomplished by implementing a flushing program. 

Our flushing programs consists of flushing all hydrants and blow-offs in the distribution system at least once annually. Low use lines (such as dead-end lines) are flushed more frequently to ensure water quality in those areas. MWRD has also installed several automatic flushing hydrants in the distribution system. These hydrants work on a timer system and ensures fresh water to areas with low use.

If the flushing crew is in your area, you may notice low pressure or even discolored water. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter and flow until the water runs clear. If you have any questions or concerns relating to flushing in your area, please contact Kim Burritt at 615-848-3222.

Citizen Concerns

Residents who notice Murfreesboro Water Resources Department (MWRD) personnel working at fire hydrants and see water running into the street may think that the Department is disregarding its own philosophy of conserving our water resources. The process of periodically "flushing" water lines with fire hydrants or blow-offs, however, is an important preventive maintenance activity.

Although it may appear to waste good water, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and allowing us to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.

Our crews will be in uniform and have a marked vehicle during their activities. We encourage residents to notify us if they notice a fire hydrant or blow-off running without personnel present to monitor the water flow or if someone is getting water from a fire hydrant and not in a uniform with the City logo.

If you are a witness to water running unattended or with someone not in a City uniform, contact us ASAP by calling our Customer Service Office at 615-848-3209 or the Water Treatment Plant at 615-848-3222. You may also fill out a Water Concern Form on our website.