by: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN Milwaukie crews are flushing city water lines through next week to keep the pipes clear.

The city of Milwaukie is currently conducting a comprehensive systematic flushing of the water system in an area encompassing more than 7,000 customers through July 20.

The coordinated program aims to clear pipes of sediment and dramatically reduce the potential of future brown water incidents, city officials said. and #8232;The budget that the Milwaukie City Council passed in June included an increase in utility rates to help fund these kinds of proactive efforts designed to protect and improve the city's infrastructure. and #8232; and #8232;

'Our crews will be busy over the next couple weeks performing routine maintenance so our water lines are properly flushed. The inconvenience caused by the maintenance effort should help us prevent larger-scale problems that could result from the build-up of sediment within low-flow areas,' said City Manager Bill Monahan.

The flushing will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Hector Campbell, Lake Road and Linwood neighborhoods, as well as in the International Way Industrial Area. Water crews will isolate six zones within the work area and will flush and clear pipes, primarily through opening fire hydrants, in each zone before moving on to the next one.

City stormwater crews will be working in conjunction with the water crews to manage the water, and the water will be treated before entering the stormwater system.

During this flushing, program customers may see discolored water in their faucets when crews are working in their immediate area. Should customers see discolored water, it's best to run the bathtub cold water faucet until clear water returns. The city's water is safe to drink, even when discolored, officials said.

Customers looking for more information and up-to-date information as to which zone crews are working in can visit the Flushing Program Project Page on the city's website at or contact Water Supervisor Mike Clark at 503-786-7617.

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