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The hydrants are routinely flushed to clean the distribution system. Residents are advised to avoid or limit water usage during the flushing period and to check for discoloration prior to using water for laundry purposes. It is also recommended that residents shut water off at the meter to avoid drawing in rust, particles, or other debris being flushed from the lines. The flushing is done twice a year, spring and fall. Typically this will be done the last week in April and last week in September, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Flushing is done by quadrants on 4 separate nights.
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The City of Faribault Water Department adds the following chemicals to water:
Chlorine: 1.2 - 2.0 ppm (disinfecting drinking water).
Ammonia: 0.5 ppm (Forming chloramines, this ensures that the chlorine will last throughout the water system, which is approximately 110 miles of water main in our distribution system.)
Fluoride: 0.5 - 0.9 ppm (Mandated by Minnesota Department of Health)
Sodium Silicate: 4.0 - 8.0 ppm (used for corrosion control and coating of the pipes to prevent the leaching of lead and copper into the drinking water).
The City of Faribault has water tested every two years. You can find the report here. For additional information you may also call the Minnesota Department of Health at 612-676-5674.