The City of La Porte Water Department will begin its biannual water system flushing this weekend, according to Water Superintendent Tim Werner.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 13 and continuing for the next three to four weeks, crews will be out to flush fire hydrants throughout the community between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday. Werner said this process is critical to maintaining the city’s water quality and infrastructure.

“Though it can be a bit of an inconvenience for residents, water flushing is a necessary part of the upkeep for our water system,” Werner said. “The process usually takes about two weeks. However, since the pandemic prevented us from doing it in the spring, it may take longer as some hydrants may require a longer flush to ensure a clear flow. I ask residents to be patient with us as we work to maintain the system for everyone.”

Due to the process being extended this year, Werner said the department does not have a set schedule for flushing. However, residents can receive updates through the City’s website and Facebook page.

Werner warned that discolored or rusty water may occur in some areas during flushing. He said while the water is safe to drink, discolored water in washing machines may affect clothing. Residents should check the water first to avoid staining clothes and should not dry clothing if it is rusty. He said the department will provide rust removing solution to residents who need it. 

Residents with questions can contact the Water Department at 219-326-9540.