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Moscow Water Department Conducting Biannual Water System Flushing May 13-24

City of Moscow
May 11, 2024

MOSCOW — The City is required to conduct flushing of the water system twice a year to help ensure the safety of Moscow’s drinking water.


Flushing will be performed between 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. based on the following schedule: 

ZONE 1: Monday, May 13th – Tuesday, May 14th
Main Street west to the City limits between D Street and Taylor Avenue.

ZONE 2Wednesday, May 15th – Thursday, May 16th 
D Street north to the City limits between Almon Street and Polk Street and from Taylor Avenue south to Palouse River Drive. To include the Frontier addition.

ZONE 3: Thursday, May 16th – Friday, May 17th 
6th Street north to the City limits between Polk Street and Mountain View Road. To include the Fort Russell Area.

ZONE 4: Monday, May 20th – Tuesday, May 21st
6th Street south to the Troy Highway and east to Mountain View Road. To include the Indian Hills addition.

ZONE 5: Wednesday, May 22nd – Friday, May 24th
Everything east of Mountain View Road from the north to the south City limits.

map of flushing zones

PLEASE NOTE: The boundary lines indicated in this map are, by nature, inexact. Please refer to this image only for a general idea of flushing zones.

CAUTION: During flushing, there will be water in the roadway. Drivers are cautioned to take care when driving through these areas.

The City of Moscow’s flushing program is essential to the maintenance of the City’s water system and serves a variety of purposes. Flushing of the system biannually helps to minimize iron flocculation build up in the distribution system, verifies the condition and proper operation of fire hydrants and valves, and verifies sufficient water flow for fire suppression.

Residents should complete the following steps after City flushing activities are completed:

• All residents are recommended to run cold water for 10–15 minutes to clear local lines.

• Following the cold water process, it is recommended to run hot water for several minutes to ensure further the lines are clear, especially before using washing machines.

• Residents with water softeners or whole house filters should perform a regular maintenance check after flushing is complete.

Residents who experience water discoloration and/or who do not see an improvement after running cold water should call the Moscow Water Department at (208) 882-3122, as this may indicate the need for additional localized flushing.

The City of Moscow appreciates and thanks citizens for their patience as this necessary maintenance process is completed. For questions, to report problems, or if water discoloration persists for an extended period, customers may call the Moscow Water Department between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (208) 882-3122.City of


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