Annual Water Main Flush

The Town of Estes Park Water Division conducts an annual water main flushing program from April to May. The flushing improves water quality and clarity by creating a higher than normal flow through the distribution system. This flow helps to clear the pipes of the iron oxide buildup resulting from corrosion of older steel pipes. Water customers may notice discoloration of their water for a short period of time.
The rusty-looking water can leave iron stains in clothing and is not aesthetically-pleasing, but it is safe to use.  The best solution for customers is to avoid using water, particularly hot water, when crews are flushing in the area.  If rusty water is drawn, cold water should be run for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the water clears.  If the water does not clear in that time, water should be shut off for about 30 minutes before the process is repeated. If you notice yellowish discoloration of your hot water, your water heater should be drained and flushed. Many manufactureer's recommend this be done as annual preventative maintenance. Check your owner's manual for instructions on how to perform this procedure. 

Update May 11, 2018

Water Main Flush Postponed Indefinitely

The Water Division is postponing the remainder of the 2018 water main flush indefinitely due to workload and emergency repairs required by aging infrastructure. In order to prevent further disruption, the staff will cease flushing hydrants for the time being and potentially reschedule the water main flush in the fall. The Division was able to complete the first three full days of scheduled flushing. As always, the Town's water still meets and exceeds all quality and safety standards. For more information, please call the Water Division at 970-577-3619.