City's spring cleaning slated to begin April 13
Springtime brings budding trees, outdoor recreation, and city maintenance activities in Woodbury neighborhoods. The city's public works department is expected to begin its annual spring cleaning program, including street sweeping and hydrant flushing, in mid-April.
Street sweeping will begin in Woodbury neighborhoods on April 13, weather permitting. Residents are asked to sweep or shovel excess gravel and sand from their boulevards into the street gutter before the street is cleaned, so sweepers can remove any sand build-up from winter plowing.
When sweepers are in the neighborhood, all vehicles should be moved from streets so the entire roadway can be swept. Street sweeping will take place over the course of approximately five working days.
Sand removed from city streets is screened and recycled for use during the next winter season.
Approximately 70 percent of the material collected during street sweeping can be reused. This amounts to about 100 tons of material.
Hydrant flushing. Provided street sweeping is completed as scheduled, flushing of fire hydrants will begin on April 20.
Utility maintenance crews flush hydrants in the spring and fall each year to verify that hydrants are operating properly and to remove rust, sand and other sediments from the underground piping systems.
Though flushing may occasionally discolor the water for a few minutes, it is safe to drink. However, residents may want to check for signs of discoloration before using the water to wash clothes.
If the water is discolored when the tap is turned on, continue running water until it again is clear. If stains from the water appear on laundered clothes, do not put the clothes in the dryer, as this will set the stains. Washing clothes again in cold water should remove any stains.
Residents are reminded that inclement weather may alter the proposed schedule for either or both of these projects.
Questions may be directed to the public works department at (651) 714-3720.