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Stanford drinking water system to be flushed

STANFORD -- The Stanford Water Department will be flushing the campus water distribution system starting on Tuesday, March 22, and continuing through Wednesday, April 6.

The Water Department will open fire hydrants to flush out sediment that has collected in the mains during the past few years. The flushing program is a standard operating procedure for water departments.

Flushing of the mains could cause some slight but temporary reduction in water pressure and possible water discoloration. However, the water will remain safe for drinking throughout the process.

Authorities suggest that campus residents and workers refrain from doing projects that would be affected by temporary impurities in the water while the water lines are being flushed in a particular area. The schedule for flushing is:

Zone 2 (Central campus and academic areas, within Campus Drive boundaries) - daily, mornings to late afternoon, from March 22 to March 25.

Zone 1 (Residential areas south of Campus Drive East and Bowdoin Street) - evenings from March 29 through April 1.

Zone 3 (Areas east of Campus Drive East, within Bowdoin Street and Serra Street) - evening, April 6.

For more information, call the Water Department at 723- 1300 or Utilities at 725-7864.


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