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O� 11,013 T$.& <br /> 4 <br /> PEACE <br /> r <br /> r <br /> _. 1865 <br /> Office of the Mayor <br /> NEWS RELEASE <br /> Wednesday,June 1, 2011 <br /> 1:30 PM <br /> Contact: Mikki Dobski, Director, Communications& Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876- <br /> 1564, or David Tungate, Director, South Bend Water Works, 235-5922 <br /> Water main flushing to begin June 6 <br /> South Bend Water Works has announced that the 2011 water main flushing program will <br /> begin at 6:30 a.m. Monday, June 6 (see map below, for details). The "day-time" flushing <br /> program will run Mondays through Fridays, for approximately 90 days or until it is <br /> completed. The flushing program is designed to systematically move through the city's <br /> distribution system to ensure the best water quality for our customers. The program will <br /> begin in the Northeast quadrant and will move in a clockwise pattern around the city. <br /> "A water main flushing program is an important part of the operation and maintenance of <br /> a water distribution system," said David Tungate, Director of South Bend Water Works. <br /> "The water may be temporarily discolored, but it should clear up after we are out of the <br /> immediate area. Our water quality exceeds the standards for local, state and federal safe <br /> drinking water regulations." <br /> Water main flushing is a standard water utility operation and maintenance procedure. <br /> South Bend Water Works maintains more than 576 miles of water mains and 5,500 fire <br /> hydrants throughout their water distribution system. The flushing program has two goals: <br /> • To remove unwanted iron and manganese sediment from the water mains. <br /> • To verify the proper operation of fire hydrants. <br /> "We average 14 million gallons a day in the winter and it is not unusual for us to pump <br /> over 30 million gallons a day in the summer," Tungate said. "Right now we are in a <br /> transition period between the two seasonal pumping demands." <br /> -more- <br />