Street sweeping begins; hydrant flushing will follow


Pubic Works crews have started sweeping streets in Shorewood. Smithtown Road and the sidewalk along Smithtown have been completed. Crews now head to the east side of town and begin sweeping every road in the city east to west. Please do your best to keep from parking cars on the road 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. This allows a complete sweep of the street.

Once a road is swept, weather permitting, crews will begin flushing hydrants for spring maintenance.  Flushing can cause browning of city water. The brown is unappealing, it is simply iron. The deposits from the pipes are released during the flush. To clean the brown water, run the cold water faucet on the lowest available level of your home until it is clear. Do not use the hot water until you clear so that the iron does not get in your hot water heater.

Do not wash light colored clothing until your water has cleared. If the rust does stain your clothing, using an iron removing product such as Iron Out, available at the grocery store, will generally remove the stains.

If after 48 hours you still have brown water, or there are water pressure issues, please contact the city, 952.960.7900, or report using SeeClickFix.