Flushing the system has numerous benefits including:
1. Pipe Cleaning – the higher velocities clean the walls of the pipe.
2. Water Circulation – the water at dead-end lines and cul-de-sacs is flushed out.
3. Valve Exercising – both the valves in the road and on the fire hydrant need to be turned so, over time, they don’t get stuck.
4. System Check – just like the body needs a physical check-up, flushing the system is like putting the body on a treadmill and monitoring the vital signs.
Flushing the system can cause some temporary inconveniences of low water pressure or slightly discolored water. The discolored water poses no health risk and is part of the process to clean out sediment in the water lines. If you see people flushing hydrants in your neighborhood, refrain from using water in your home until after the process is complete (usually 15 or 30 minutes). After they leave, turn a cold water tap on for a few minutes to clear out any possible remaining sediment in your own line.
For the safety of both residents and City workers, we ask for the public’s help by allowing full access to fire hydrants. Please move parked vehicles away from hydrants and try to keep children at a safe distance.
Even though water is a precious resource and flushing may appear to waste water, please be assured we are committed to conserving water, energy, and labor by flushing no more than necessary. The personnel flushing fire hydrants are trained in proven water system maintenance practices. Thank you for your cooperation with this project. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works Water Section at 229-7500.
You can also view the Utah County Emergency Plan.
The City of Orem also maintains a floodplain map.
The Utah Floodplain & Stormwater Management Association is also a great resource.
FEMA offers a Flood Map Service.
Please fill out a Records Request Form with as much detail as possible.
56 North State Street
Orem, UT 84057
fax: (801) 229-7197
Please allow 10 business days to process your request.
The closure on Main Street is just for 10pm to 6 am. Traffic can access the Parkway from 6 am to 10 pm but traffic lane restrictions will be in place.
Q: There’s water running down the street but its not raining. Should I report this and if so who do I call?A: It is fairly common for overflow from irrgation to run down City streets between the months of April and October. If you see water running down the gutter, you should report it if there is imminent danger of property damage. You can call 229-7500 during normal business hours and 229-7070 after hours to report emergency flooding situations.
Q: I am concerned about an open ditch that runs near my house. Who should I contact to get the open ditch put into a pipe?A: Cleaning and changing pipe configurations are handled by the irrigation companies that operate in the City. To determine who to call, you can use the map below. (When using the address search, remember to include “Orem, UT”.)