Illinois American Water to Conduct Hydrant Flushing Program in Cairo, Hardin and Rosiclare Districts

Work includes flushing of water mains and fire hydrants

Cairo, Ill. (August 9, 2023) – Staring Monday, August 14, Illinois American Water will be conducting its annual fire hydrant flushing maintenance program in the Cairo, Hardin and Rosiclare water systems. During this period, fire hydrants in these communities will be checked, evaluated and maintained. The process of periodically flushing hydrants is essential in identifying fire hydrants in need of repair and maintaining optimal water quality throughout the water distribution system.

A few tips:

  • Customers could experience a temporary discoloration of water within their residence or dwelling during the flushing program. The removal of these deposits is critical in maintaining water quality. If you encounter discolored water during hydrant flushing, run water from the cold water tap only until discoloration subsides. This may require flushing of cold water from multiple taps.
  • Avoid doing laundry during, or shortly after, the hydrant flushing event in your neighborhood.
  • If, after flushing from the cold-water tap(s), water pressure appears lower than normal, clean the faucet aerator. Mineral deposits may obstruct flow through the aerator (screen), resulting in lower pressure.
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About American Water
American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders. For more information, visit and join American Water on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. For more information, visit and follow Illinois American Water on Twitter and Facebook.


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