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Spring maintenance expected to begin March 30 with hydrant flushing

Woodbury’s Public Works Department has tentatively scheduled to begin spring maintenance activities in city neighborhoods on Monday, March 30.

Hydrant flushing
Hydrant flushing is anticipated to begin the week of March 30, weather permitting. All hydrants will be flushed to ensure the hydrants are operating properly. The project is expected to take about six weeks to complete.

Though flushing may occasionally discolor the water for a few minutes, it is safe to drink. Residents may want to check for signs of discoloration before using the water to wash clothes, particularly white clothes. Removing the screen on a faucet and letting the water run can help clear up the discoloration.

If you notice debris built up near storm drains around your home, it would be greatly appreciated if you could help Public Works by clearing the debris from the area to help prevent it from falling into the stormwater system. This will help speed up the hydrant flushing process.

Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. The Adopt-a-Drain program asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution. 

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Street sweeping
Weather permitting, street sweeping will begin Monday, April 20, and continue for approximately five working days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

When sweepers are in the neighborhood, all vehicles should be moved off streets so the entire street can be cleaned. In addition, please be sure to place trash cans behind the curb on your scheduled trash pick-up day. Items such as portable basketball hoops, hockey nets and skateboard ramps should be removed from the streets, as placement of such objects in the street is prohibited by city code.

To increase the effectiveness of street sweeping, residents are encouraged to rake their yards so that any excess dirt and other materials can be picked up by the sweepers.

Street sweeping is done to remove debris, accumulated dirt and sand, and other material before it is washed into the storm sewer. Removing the material while it is still on the street is more efficient than removing this material from storm water ponds and helps protect water quality in city lakes and wetlands.

Questions about street sweeping or hydrant flushing? Call Public Works at 651-714-3720 or email