Annual Hydrant Flushing

The City of Howell Department of Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the City beginning the week of October 5, 2020.  All hydrants located within the City limits are flushed on an annual basis to perform required maintenance and to flush out any iron (rust) that has accumulated in the water mains.  It takes approximately three (3) weeks to flush the approximate 400 hydrants within the City.  Some sections will be flushed during the night and the others during the day.  Under both circumstances residents may see some rusty water.  Residents should only experience rusty water during the flushing of hydrants in their area. 

If residents experience rusty water, run cold water only for 10 to 15 minutes to clear the rust out of the lines.  If you notice rusty water DO NOT do laundry until the water clears up.  Additionally, if residents notice a sustained decrease in water pressure, call the Department of Public Works at 517-546-7510.