Public Works Department
The Downs Public Works department is comprised of the village water plant and distribution system and the municipal sewer system. Public Works Supervisor Jill Kasperzak is responsible for day-to-day operations of the water plant, as well as other water-related issues. She can be reached at 309-319-1010. The sewer system, which was constructed by Stark Excavating of Bloomington and Fischer Excavating of Freeport under the engineering management of Farnsworth Group, is also maintained by the village. The sewer output is treated by the Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District (BNWRD).
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Hydrant Flushing Information and Progress
Are you interested in the fascinating world of Hydrant Flushing? I know I am! There are a lot of videos and informative websites on the subject. Here is a small excerpt that seems to be repeated on many of those sites:
Hydrant flushing is an important part of routine preventive maintenance to ensure safe, reliable operation of our pipes, valves, and hydrants, and to help maintain the exceptional water quality our customers enjoy. Over time, sediment and corrosion within pipes can lead to poor water quality and reduced fire protection.
And a very common set of instructions which i'm sure you'll recognize if you've called in about the hydrant flushing in the past decades:
We recommend not washing clothes and using hot water sparingly while flushing is occurring near your property. If you experience discolored water, run your cold water tap until it clears. During periods of discoloration, postpone washing clothes and limit your use of hot water until the cold water clears.
With that information out of the way, and believe me, I barely scratched the surface of the topic...
We hope this brief foray into the world of hydrant flushing will help with the planning of your water usage.
3rd Quarter 2023 Hydrant Flushing Progress
Hydrant Flushing began on Tuesday 6-13-23 in Beecher Trails Phase 3 and finished on Tuesday 8-1-23
As the Water Crew makes their way through these hydrants, please keep in mind many daily happenings can interrupt their progress: leaks, water main breaks, weather issues, etc. The hydrants will not be flushed on the weekend.
If you see a crew member flushing a hydrant, feel free to offer them snacks. :)
2nd Quarter 2023 Hydrant Flushing Progress
Our 2nd Quarter 2023 progress as we flushed our 88 hydrants: