City begins new flushing round Jan. 7

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

With the first phase of water distribution line replacement nearing completion, the city of Port St. Joe will begin its first round of uni-directional flushing of the entire system on Monday.

The flushing will begin from the plant moving through the main part of the city proper to 16th Street, said Public Works director John Grantland.

“We will fall back at that point and start at First Street and move west to east to the (Gulf/Franklin Center), covering Ward Ridge and Oak Grove,” Grantland said. “With two people and the data we have from (the initial uni-directional flushing in 2012) that should take us about two to four weeks.”

The work will then move to the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe and steadily spread from there to Highland View, the Beaches and White City.

The phase one replacement of water distribution lines, Grantland said should help with the flushing program in 2013.

The first phase, scheduled for completion in March, is replacing roughly eight miles of the more than 20 miles the city must replace.

“Those new pipes should cut down on flush time and allow us to increase velocity,” Grantland said.

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