Unidirectional Flushing Program

As part of continued efforts to properly maintain the City’s water distribution lines and ensure that our drinking water remains as high of quality as possible, the Utilities Distribution Division has a Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) program.

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What is UDF?

During UDF, water is forced through a water pipe at a velocity high enough to remove material build-up from within the pipe. The water used during the UDF process is discharged through a fire hydrant. Material removed in this process is harmless and requires no special treatment. 

The process includes a discovery phase in which staff identifies all valves and hydrants within that section of the system. Repairs and/or replacements are made as needed to fire hydrants, valves and lines to ensure the integrity of the system. Asset data is collected and verified and entered into the City's asset management program. 


Working in small sections of the City's water system, crews will first evaluate the system throughout the City, which includes assessing valve boxes, exercising valves and replacing valves as needed. Once this preliminary assessment is completed, crews will work to systematically flush lines throughout the city, section by section.