Flushing Maintenance Program
The Goleta Water District (District) will be doing critical maintenance on the distribution system over a 12 week period beginning August 28, running through November, that will involve flushing water through District fire hydrants. Flushing removes sediment and mineral deposits by releasing water at high velocity from fire hydrants and helps maintain consistency throughout the distribution system, ensuring high quality water is delivered throughout the District.
The District will provide updates on the hydrant flushing via its website, at www.goletawater.com. Customers are encouraged to check the website for information on when hydrant flushing will be occurring in their neighborhood. The majority of flushing will occur overnight, and flushing events in each neighborhood will be short in nature, typically lasting less than 30 minutes per hydrant.
Why is the District Conducting Flushing?
The purpose of the flushing program is to remove sediment that has accumulated in the pipes, and address changing water quality conditions associated with the prolonged drought. As water temperatures and concentrations of organic materials rise at Lake Cachuma, water quality continues to decline, and flushing has become necessary.
Flushing of the water system may cause temporary fluctuations in customer water pressure, or a temporary discoloration of the water. However, District customers are assured that water remains safe to drink and use for landscaping or other purposes. If this occurs, please wait one hour, then turn on your faucets for five minutes. If water does not clear, call the District at (805) 964-6761 for further assistance.
What is the District Doing to Save Water?
The District has delayed flushing to conserve water, but with the prolonged drought we can no longer wait to complete this needed system maintenance. The last time a system-wide flushing program was done was 2012. Typically, flushing would occur every three years, so after five years we are long overdue.
Where possible, the District will work to divert water to recreational areas or open space, but for flushing to be effective water must be released at high volumes so that is not always possible.
How Long Will it Take and What Can I Expect?
It will take approximately 12 weeks to flush the distribution system. Flushing is scheduled to take place between August 28 and Nov 17, Monday night to Friday morning. To minimize impacts to traffic, the majority of flushing will occur between 8:00 PM to 5:30 AM. The program is divided into nine sections: beginning with Section 1 and proceeding chronologically through Section 9. The Goleta Water District Fire Hydrant Flushing Map is available here and shows the potable water system separated into the nine specific flushing areas. Check this page for periodic updates.
The Flushing Maintenance Program starts work in Section 3 on September 14, 2017.
Click here to download the Section 3 map.
Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions.