Hydrant Flushing Begins October 25th

Public Works staff will be flushing hydrants on days between October 25th and November 5th.

You have probably seen it many times and thought to yourself, “what a waste of good clean water!”  While it may seem like a waste of good clean water, flushing of hydrants is essential to keeping your water safe and maintain the integrity of a pipe network. Flushing hydrants can be done to not only test the fire flow capacity in the event of a fire, but also to remove sediment and rust from the water, or to maintain proper chlorine concentrations in your area.

First, let’s look at flushing hydrants for the purpose of keeping chlorine concentrations high for disinfection purposes. Chlorine additions are common disinfection procedures in US water treatment plants, and it ensures that bacteria are not thriving in the water or pipe network. However, chlorine naturally degrades the longer it is in water, which means that water sitting in pipes for long periods of time or further out from the treatment plant can have concentrations lower than acceptable, creating danger. Hydrants are flushed to keep water moving and keep pipes from stagnating in this case.

Another reason hydrant flushing can be necessary is if water becomes stagnant in pipes, or water becomes contaminated. Sediments, rust, and even chemicals can sometimes leach into a water system from broken pipes or even the linings of the pipes themselves. The City of Huxley recognizes this risk and determines key locations where hydrant flushing will increase water quality.

The final reason hydrants may be flushed is to test or record flow values. Certain codes indicate the necessary fire flows from hydrants in order to maintain safety in the event of a disaster. Pressures and flow rates at hydrants can be drastically affected by other users’ usage of water, or even possibly a burst pipe. Periodical testing ensures that there is enough water supply, which also can affect home and business owners’ insurance rates.

To summarize, if you see a fire hydrant running for hours on end, it isn’t the city just wasting water.  🙂







City Begins Search for New Police Chief

The current Police Chief is retiring in January 2023.  The new Chief will supervise five police officers with 24/7 coverage in the quiet city of 4244 residents.  This is a full-time salary position with benefits.  Salary range is $70,941 to 88,806.

Pre-employment drug and alcohol and pre-employment physical required post offer.  The City of Huxley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  EOE/AA

Click on the link below for job description and application.

Cover letter, resume and application must be submitted no later than October 24th and sent to:
Police Chief Search
City of Huxley
515 N. Main Avenue
Huxley, IA  50124

or email to:  jlettow@huxleyiowa.org

Job Description



BRANCH DROP-OFF DATE: Saturday, October 22nd

Branches less than 12″ in diameter can be dropped off at the city’s maintenance shop, 601 Oak Blvd., on Saturday, October 22nd.
Branches can be dropped off between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

Branches can also be dropped off at the city’s maintenance shop during regular Public Works hours of 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.  Branches must be dropped off on north side of building next  to sign that says TREE DROP.

Yard waste will not be accepted – no leaves, grass clippings or tree stumps allowed! Yard waste can be taken to the following locations in Ames: 

400 Freel Drive, Ames
April 15 – October 14: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12 noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon
October 15 – December 15: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12 noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Steenhoek Environmental
3892 N 500th Ave., Ames
Everyday from dawn to dusk