10/20/14 Update – Please note that while the flushing is underway, customers in Zone 2 and 1 area will experience pressure and flow fluctuations, and in some cases, may be without water service for the duration of the flush sequence. Since the multiple flush sequences are being undertaken throughout the day, this could result in your water being on and off until the crew is done working. All flushing in Zone 2 and Zone 1 is scheduled to be complete by the end of the day Wednesday, October 22nd. We apologize for the inconvenience.

October 18, 2014 Unidirectional Flushing Project General Update

Below is a brief status update of the progress on the unidirectional flushing program as well as the general plan for the upcoming two weeks. Please continue to refer to the schedule listed in the table below for the detailed Zones and Flushing Sequences as the general plan is subject to change based upon a variety of factors.

Flushing to Date:
Zone 12 is partially complete (this was the first zone undertaken and following some complications, flushing in Zone 12 was suspended – the plan is to return to finish Zone 12 near the end of October).
Zones Flushed: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 7, Zone 9 and Zone 11 are complete.

Future Flushing:
Zone 2, Zone 1, Zone 8 and Zone 6 are scheduled - in the order listed - for the week of October 20th. Flushing will occur during the day, from approximately 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. 

Flushing the remaining portion of Zone 6, followed by Zone 10 will likely occur the week of October 27th. Depending upon progress, the WachsWater Crew may return to Zone 12 near the end of week (October 30th).

City staff thanks you for your patience with this important project.

Initial Public Notice & General Project Information

On September 29th, WachsWater commenced with a unidirectional flushing project in the City of St. Joseph. Unidirectional flushing is similar in appearance to a conventional hydrant flushing program, but in fact it is a more involved process that starts with an inventory of all water valves and hydrants followed by hydraulic modelling of a water distribution system. Execution of a unidirectional flushing involves closing valves and opening hydrants to flush water mains in sequence from the water source out into the system.  It offers many advantages over conventional hydrant flushing including a reduction in water use, exercising of valves and increased scour velocities to clean the pipes. The project will ultimately lead to better system hydraulics and improved water quality.

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Welcome to the Riviera of the Midwest

St. Joseph is carefully nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed "The Riviera of the Midwest." This deepwater port town is a growing resort community - part of a "small town" chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. The lakeshore is peppered with remarkable sand dune formations and lined further inland with a lush countryside that produces some of the nation's finest orchards and vineyards. It is the largest non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.

Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a quaint community situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA. The City of St. Joseph has continually operated at full economic capacity.

St. Joseph is the county seat for Berrien County, a distinction maintained since 1894. St. Joseph has prospered over the years by encouraging a balanced mix of industrial, commercial, and residential development.

St. Joseph has become well known for its beautiful location along Lake Michigan, its quality public school system, its health care system, its beaches, parks, and other natural amenities, and its affluent community. The presence of many large corporations causes the city's population to triple during the average workday. St. Joseph has become the ideal location for many second-home buyers, with a strong attraction from the Chicago area.

Tourists come to St. Joseph every year by the tens of thousands to enjoy the beaches, Lake Michigan, the St. Joseph River, downtown shopping, festivals and more. Silver Beach County Park in downtown St. Joseph attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, and the number of visitors continues to grow. Annual festivals in St. Joseph continue to draw increasing numbers of tourists to the community.

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