Water System Flushing Information/Schedule
Oakland County, MichiganWater Resources CommissionerWater System Flushing Information/Schedule

Water System Flushing Information/Schedule

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The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Operations and Maintenance Division completes water system flushing each spring and fall for untreated and annually for treated well water supply systems that we operate and maintain. Flushing consists of opening fire hydrants at the ends of roads and courts. This allows a high volume of water to scour the water mains and remove settled iron particles from the system. System evaluation is completed during the flushing procedure.

Note: Large systems take more than one night to flush. Discoloration can occur on any of the dates we flush the system.

What can the customer do?

(non-Farmington Hills residents only)

  • By-pass water softener prior to the start of flushing.
  • Try to refrain from using water during the flushing, as you will introduce particles into your piping.
  • After flushing is complete, open an outside faucet closest to the point of entry to your home to help clear any discolored water you may have.
  • Put the water softener back on-line and manually start the regeneration cycle.
  • Drain and refill hot water tank, if necessary. We recommend that you flush out your hot water tank annually.
    Use caution, as water is hot!
  • We recommend that you clean your faucet aerators twice annually. Aerators are the screens that screw into the end of the faucet.


Please click here for frequently asked flushing questions and answers. You can also contact our Water Maintenance Department at 248-858-1110 for additional information.


Fall 2016 Flushing Schedule 

Flushing will begin at 7:00 P.M. and end at 7:00 A.M.

  • October 2: Lyon Twp - Woodwind Village, Woodwind Glen, Woodwind Estates, S. Lyon HS, Lyon Ridge, Copperwood, Kirkway Estates, Cambrian of Lyon, Rathmor Park, and Enclaves of Lyon
  • October 3: Lyon Twp - Tanglewood, Spyglass, Sawgrass, Grenelefe, Point O’ Woods, St. Andrews, Shinnecock, Country Club Estates, 10 Mile / Griswold, Stoneleigh, Greenbrier, Riverwood Estates
  • October 4: Lyon Twp - Hornbrook, Carriage Club, Elkow Farms, Crystal Creek, Crystal Creek North, Crystal Creek Condos, Pine Hurst
  • October 5: Lyon Twp - New Hudson, Pontiac Trail, Martindale, Twin Pine Condos, Orchards of Lyon, Village Commons, Saddle Creek, Milford Rd - Grand River to Mill River, Mill River, Spring Meadows
  • October 6: Lyon Twp - New Hudson, Grand River, Lyon Ind., Lyon Oaks, Trident, Alliant Food, Quadrants Ind., Research Center, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Hass Road, Cummins Inc, Henrob, Magna
  • October 10: Oakland Twp - Country Creek, Woods of Country Creek, Country Creek Commons, Village of Country Creek, The Crossings, Century Woods, Twin Lakes, Plum Creek, Knorrwood Knolls
  • October 11: Oakland Twp - Country Creek, Woods of Country Creek, Country Creek Commons, Village of Country Creek, The Crossings, Century Woods
  • October 12: Oakland Twp - Kirklands, Cloisters, Claremont, Kings-ridge, Silvercreek, Carrolton, Century Oaks, The Heights, Silverbell Rd, Wyngate Club House, Pinnacle, Trout Creek, Belmonte
  • October 13: Oakland Twp - Goodison Place, Orchard Ridge, Wynridge, Wellington, Collins Rd., Oakland Hunt, Wynstone
                        Springfield Twp - Bluewater Bavarian, Softwater
  • October 17: Oakland Twp - Oakland Farms, Oakland Knolls, Oakland Hills, Knorrwood Pines, Knorrwood Ridge, Oak Arbor, Deer Point, Park Hill, St. Johns Church, Oakland Crest, Guardian Angel Cemetery
  • October 18: Oakland Twp - Oakland Farms, Oakland Knolls, Oakland Hills, Knorrwood Pines, Knorrwood Ridge, Oak Arbor, Deer Point, Park Hill, St. Johns Church, Oakland Crest, Guardian Angel Cemetery
    Oakland Valley, Coachlamp
  • October 19: Highland Twp - Prestwick Village, Woods of Prestwick, Timber Ridge, Cobblestone, Highland Valley, Glens of Highland, Hidden Creek Pines Condos, Highland Rd
  • October 20: Highland Twp - Huntwood Place, South Bay Shores, Axford Acres, Heritage Farms, Centennial Way, Presidential Way, White House Condos, Highland Place, Bretton Oaks, White Eagle.
  • October 24: Oxford Township - Oxford Woods, Oxford Meadows, Paint Creek Estates, Tanview, Chirco, Spezia, Drahner Rd., Moors of Oxford, Lakes of Indianwood
  • October 25: Oxford Township - Dominican Sisters, Glenmore, Paint Creek, Red Barn, Pocahontas, Woodbriar, Rolling Meadows, Hills of Oxford, Manitou
  • October 26: Oxford Township - Mickelson Shores, Sandy Shores, Oxford Bluffs, Oxford Oaks, Waterstone (Golf Villa Drive & south)
  • October 27: Oxford Township - Oxford High School, Meijers, Stony Lake, Willow Lake, Dunlap Road, West Lake, Golf Highlands (north of Golf Villa Drive)