What should you do with snow?

Snow can be fun but clearing it is a workout! While you’re shoveling, consider where you’re putting the snow. If you put it in your yard, the snowmelt will be able to water your yard. Also, you will probably only have to move that snow once- the plows won’t put it back in your driveway.

Moving snow into the street can cause safety hazards for passing vehicles and is a nuisance for City crews. See more from our Streets Department.

While you’re dressed for the weather, be a Snow Hero. Clear a path for your mail delivery driver and move snow away from any fire hydrants you may have in your yard. If you’ve had extra coffee, you might even create a path for snowmelt to the nearest storm drain to avoid an ice build-up after sunny days.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Black Water

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Cities flush fire hydrants to make sure the hydrants work properly and rid the system mains of corrosion, rust, and sediment.

If faucet water is dark or discolored after a City hydrant flush simply run the tap until the water is clear again. The black sediment is naturally occurring maganese that has reacted with sodium hypochlorite that is used to protect water from contamination as it travels through the pipe system.