The City of Flint’s Utilities Department is informing residents that a water valve in the area of Oceola near I-475 was broken during exercises today. Repair work may result in residents in the area around Pierson Rd. and I-475 experiencing diminished service such as low or no pressure and/or discolored water as sediment in the system is stirred while the valve is replaced. While the water is still safe to use, running the water from the tap for a few minutes should clear the line of any discoloration or odor. The City of Flint Water Department will make every effort to flush the lines of discolored water before service is returned. Service should return to normal once work is completed; service is expected to be returned by the late afternoon.
Exercising water main valves helps to determine their condition and functionality. The City of Flint’s Capital Improvement Plan calls for overall system maintenance measures to improve the water and sewer systems. Work to exercise valves throughout the city will be ongoing. The goal of this work is to improve circulation and overall water quality citywide. Work is expected to continue through July. Anyone with questions about the water valve work or any other water issues should call 810-766-7202. Continuing updates on this and other water system work can be found on the Water page.