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Water System Maintenance


The City of Auburn Water Department periodically conducts water system maintenance that involves flushing hydrants and water mains.  We try to notify customers in advance in a variety of ways including City website, phone messages, text and email alerts, and roadway message boards placed in the area.  So please expect to hear from us by one of these methods when we’re working in your area.

Our next flushing activity occurs:

November 1st to 5th from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Valley service area north of 22nd Street NE, east of Auburn Way North, south of 26th Street NE, west of M Street NE.  Please see the map for more details.
During this time, customers will experience minor changes in water quality. You may notice some water discoloration or sediment during and following this work. The sediment and discolored water are not a health hazard and are not a cause for concern.   

Customers should avoid water use, especially laundry, during the maintenance event. We recommend the following.

  • Closing water valves to appliances, icemakers and other automatic water-using devices.
  • If possible, please keep valves closed during the work time period of 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • If you experience discolored water after the work period, follow these steps before using your water:
    • First, open the outside faucet closest to your water meter and run water until it flows clear.
    • Next, flush a toilet or run water into a bath tub until the indoor water is clear.
    • Once your water is running clear, you may resume normal water use.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. If you have questions or experience any problems or damages because of discolored water due to this water system maintenance, please contact us at 253-931-3048. We are working to provide you with safe, reliable and adequate water service.