Henrico to begin countywide effort to clear sediment from water lines

The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on April 9 will start a 10-year program to flush 1,570 miles of water mains, removing accumulations of sediment that can reduce water quality.

DPU’s first comprehensive flushing effort will begin near Darbytown and Williamsburg roads and continue for several weeks before moving to other parts of eastern Henrico. That area was prioritized because it has older water mains and has been served by wells, increasing the need for flushing to scour the pipes, DPU Director Arthur D. Petrini said. Working from April to November, DPU plans to flush 10 percent of the county’s water mains each year, methodically covering all portions of Henrico. The effort will preserve the high quality of water that is provided to more than 92,000 customers.

Flushing will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Work in an area will be announced with letters sent to homes and businesses, as well as with door hanger notices and signs. A schedule of streets to be flushed will be posted at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/utility and on Henrico County Television.

When flushing is underway, customers may notice large amounts of water in the street, temporary drops in water pressure, air in the lines and water that is discolored or cloudy.

“The discoloration of water is caused by the presence of sediment and does not create a health concern,” Petrini said. “However, residents may want to plan ahead and store enough water for drinking and cooking so they can avoid turning on the tap during flushing. Residents also may want to limit laundry and other activities.”

After the water mains are flushed, residents can help return their home’s plumbing system to normal by running an outdoor faucet to clear any loose sediment, he said.

For the first time, DPU will use an approach of unidirectional water main flushing, which calls for strategically closing valves and opening hydrants to direct water at high speeds through targeted segments of pipe. The approach uses less water and is more effective in removing sediment than conventional flushing, which involves lower velocity flows and achieves less scouring of pipes.

For information about the program, click the “flushing” link at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/utility or contact Melvin Slough at (804) 501-7540 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA. > Read more.

State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Senior Connections will once again sponsor Senior Party in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. There will be health screenings, vendors, carnival games, entertainment and music. For ages 50+. Admission is free. For details, call 652-1408 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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