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Flushing of the Water Mains

Domestic water distribution flushing will start January 24, 2022

The Stanford Water Resources and Civil Infrastructure Department will flush the Stanford water distribution system during the estimated time period of January 24, 2022 through March 31, 2022. All flushing will take place on weekdays between 6 am and 4 pm.

This flushing program is a standard maintenance operation for water departments (typically conducted annually).  A filtration and pump system will be utilized to minimize the water sent to the drainage system during the maintenance.

Flushing the mains may cause some slight but temporary reduction in water pressure and possible water discoloration.  However, your water remains safe for drinking.  If you observe sediment or coloration in water, continue to run the water until it is again clear.

Map of 3 drinking water flushing zones

The approximate schedule for flushing is as follows (see map):

  • Zone 1 - Blue Area of Map (Residential area -- south of Campus Drive East and Mayfield Ave.) Estimated start and finish dates will be as follows: Start Monday, January 24, 2022, end Friday, February 11, 2022; weekdays between 6 am to 4 pm.
  • Zone 3 – Green Area of Map (Area east of Campus Drive East – North of Bowdoin St. and East of Serra St. boundary.)  Starts approximately Monday, February 14th  and ends approximately Friday, March 4th; weekdays between 6 am to 4 pm.
  • Zone 2 – Pink Area of Map (Central Campus and Academic areas -- approximately within Campus Drive loop, additionally north to Sand Hill Road and between Bowdoin St. and Mayfield Ave.) Starts approximately Monday, March 7th  and ends approximately Thursday, March 31st; daily 6 am to 4 pm.

For additional information, please call the Water Department at 650-723-1300 or Water Resources at 650-498-7279. 

We appreciate your cooperation.

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