The City of St. Charles is performing an inventory of water service lines to identify lines made with lead, as required by the Illinois Lead Service Line Replacement & Notification Act. The water service line is the smaller pipe that delivers water from the City water main to homes or businesses. To collect information for the inventory, the City is sending water customers an online survey to complete, which includes instructions on how to identify their water service line material.
The 1.5-million gallon Red Gate Water Tower at IL 25 and Red Gate Road that was completed October 2016 has been named “Elevated Tank of the Year” by the Steel Plate Institute/Steel Plate Fabricator Association. With help from their consulting engineer, the City selected all-welded steel construction over other materials for its winter weather durability and enhanced aesthetics. The tank design, with nearly 1.5” thick steel, had to support the 12,495,000 pounds of water when full.
Why does the City perform hydrant flushing?
Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. It’s a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, residents and businesses. It also improves water quality by clearing iron and other mineral deposits from the water mains.
What are the effects of hydrant flushing?