Water Main Flushing

Water Notice

Do Not Use the Water on Thursday, June 22, 2023

As part of the regular maintenance required to safeguard our water quality, the water mains will be flushed on Thursday, June 22, 2023.

The flushing will stir up the sediment in the lines and this will be drawn in to your homes if you use the water during the day.  As a result, we recommend that the community not use any water between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on the day of flushing, as noted above.  Accordingly, please fill containers or bathtubs so that you will have water available during the day for emergencies or drinking, if you think you may need it.

Once the flushing is finished, there may still be some sediment in the lines – before using any water in your home, turn on an outside faucet and allow it to run for several minutes or until the water clears up. 

Properties on Good and Ranch Roads – this area will be flushed first and the disruption should only last from 9 am to approximately 10:30 am.

Tenants – this notice is mailed to the same address as the water bill; accordingly, tenants may not receive this notice.  All owners or property managers are advised that it is your responsibility to notify any tenants or guests staying in your home of the above risks and restraints on any water use.

Thank you for your patience during this time.  Our goal is to provide you with water of the best possible quality at all times, we are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.  If you have any questions, please call King Water at 360-678 5336 or a JBWD Commissioner at 360-474-7171.

Water System Flushing Frequently Asked Questions

Why does JBWD “flush” the water mains?

Flushing the water mains improves water quality by removing sediment that slowly builds up at the bottom of the water main over time. The sediment comes from internal corrosion of the water mains over many years.

How does the flushing work?

During the flushing process, 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 the hydrants open until the water runs clear.

How will I know when JBWD is cleaning the water mains in my neighborhood?

JBWD will inform residents before the day of the flushing by posting notices on our website and through a notice mailed to the property owners.

What should I do if my water is discolored after Western has flushed the water mains?

Water is sometimes discolored after water main cleaning, but this should not last long. In the event customers draw discolored water into the home, flush a cold tap only a few minutes, up to 15 minutes maximum. As a precaution, prior to using hot water, run the cold water tap for a few minutes to ensure discolored water is not drawn into the hot water tank.

What should I do if the water is still discolored after three to four hours?

Contact a JBWD Commissioner at 360-474-7171.

How long does it take to flush and clean the water mains on each street?

It takes about 30 minutes to 60 minutes to flush the water mains on each street.

Why can’t JBWD clean the water mains at night?

It’s safer for staff to work on the streets in daylight. Also, daylight provides better visibility to see when all the sediment has been flushed out and the water is running clear.