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Leesburg Utilities Preventive Maintenance Program Begins in March

Crews will test valve operations throughout the water distribution system.

Post Date:02/26/2018 9:34 AM

Leesburg, VA (February 26, 2018) – Beginning in March and continuing through October, the Town of Leesburg’s Utilities Department will perform preventive maintenance on the water system infrastructure.  This program, known as a Water Valve Exercising Program, involves closing and reopening the valves on water mains throughout the distribution area.  The purpose of the program is to locate and test the operation of the valves, assuring system reliability and water quality.

During the testing period, Utilities crews will “exercise” (close and reopen) each valve, operating the valve through a full cycle and returning it to its normal position.  In areas where valves are being closed, fire hydrants will be opened to ensure that the water in the main line remains clear.  

Customers may experience some sediment or discolored water following the closing and opening of the water valves. If customers notice cloudy or discolored water, the Utilities Department recommends running several cold water taps at full force for a period of one to two minutes, until the cloudiness or discoloration disappears.  It may be necessary to repeat this process after 30 minutes. In addition, the closing and opening of valves may introduce air into water lines which can cause temporary erratic water flow.   

Water Valve Exercise Program operations will take place March through October, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Town regrets any inconvenience this maintenance program may cause.  If you have any questions regarding the Water Valve Exercise program, or have any concerns about water quality, please call the Leesburg Utilities Department at 703-737-7075.  

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer
barnett@leesburgva.gov
703-771-2734

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