The water utility in the town of La Porte will begin its semi-annual flushing of the water system in the coming days, according to Water Superintendent Tim Werner.

Starting Monday, October 18 and over the next three to four weeks, crews will be on-site to flush hydrants throughout the community from Sunday to Friday between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Werner said this process is essential for maintaining the city’s water quality and infrastructure. .

“Although sometimes an inconvenience, the fire hydrant flushing process is critical to ensuring a properly functioning water system,” said Werner. “We don’t expect this process to take as long as it did in the spring and we will do our best to get our teams in and out as quickly as possible.”

Werner warned that discolored or rusty water may occur in some areas during flushing. He said that although the water is safe to drink, discolored water in washing machines can affect clothes. He urges residents to check their water before doing laundry to avoid staining clothes. If the clothes have stains, avoid drying them and call the water department for a rust removal solution.

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