The city of Burnsville Utilities Department will begin flushing city-owned fire hydrants on cul-de-sacs and some water mains on Monday.
Flushing will continue from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and may also take place on weekends.
The hydrants are flushed periodically to make sure they are working properly and to remove mineral deposits that may accumulate in the water mains.
The flushing may change water flow patterns, and it would not be unusual for residents to experience discolored water, pressure changes and an increased chlorine odor.
Visible iron coloration in the water is not a health issue, the city said. If residents notice discolored water, they can correct the problem by opening all cold water faucets in the home and allowing them to run at the same time until the water runs clear.
During the hydrant flushing period, the city advises residents to check the color of their water prior to doing laundry. Discolored water may stain clothes, particularly whites. Rust remover is available from the Burnsville Maintenance Facility, 13713 Frontier Court, for residents whose laundry has become discolored as a result of hydrant flushing.
Private hydrant flushing and maintenance for commercial buildings, townhome associations and apartment complexes is the responsibility of the property owner, and must be coordinated with the city to ensure minimal disturbance to the city’s water distribution system. Contact Utilities Superintendent Linda Mullen at 952-895-4550 to schedule private hydrant flushing.
For more information, contact the Burnsville Maintenance Facility at 952-895-4550 or visit www.burnsville.org/hydrants.
Ebenezer Society opens new memory care facility
Minneapolis-based Ebenezer Society has opened its new memory care addition at Ebenezer Ridges in Burnsville.
The new facility brings memory care residences to the campus, which already had provided independent and assisted living housing as well as skilled nursing care, transitional care, adult day and child care.
A renovation at Arbors at Ridges features a third-story secured memory care unit with 18 apartments and a second-floor unit with 13 independent living and assisted living apartments and secured 13-apartment memory care unit. The first floor has a dining room, meeting space, an intergenerational studio and family room.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and by 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million.
Donate used bikes for a good cause
Rick Anderson of Apple Valley has raised more than $33,000 selling donated bikes to benefit a Dakota County nonprofit serving kids, and he’s looking for old bikes to fix up and add to that total at his sixth-annual sale.
The sale will be held in the spring, but he’s looking for bikes of all makes and models now that he can start fixing up. The proceeds from the sales go to Kids ’n’ Kinship, which matches kids in need with adult mentors.