Detroit department instructs plumbing flushing for discolored water

Nathan Law

After warning of rusty water earlier this week on Detroit’s east side, officials on Thursday said residents can resume using their water after flushing their plumbing for 5 to 10 minutes. The instructions apply to residents in the Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside neighborhoods, as well those whose […]

After warning of rusty water earlier this week on Detroit’s east side, officials on Thursday said residents can resume using their water after flushing their plumbing for 5 to 10 minutes.

The instructions apply to residents in the Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside neighborhoods, as well those whose homes border those communities.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department gave the following instructions for flushing any remaining sediment from plumbing before using it for drinking, cooking or washing:

  • Remove faucet aerators (screens) from all water taps in your home by turning clockwise to loosen. You may have to use a wrench.
  • Beginning in the lowest level of your home or business, open all the cold water faucets, including sinks, showers and bathtubs.
  • Let the water run until clear and then for an additional 5 to 10 minutes at the last faucet you opened on the top floor.
  • Turn off each faucet starting with the first one you opened on the bottom floor.
  • Clean the aerators with an old toothbrush, rinse and reinstall by turning counterclockwise.
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