ECUA Begins New Year with Preventive Maintenance Unidirectional Flushing Program

PENSACOLA—On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) introduced an enhanced “Unidirectional Flushing Program (UFP),” a preventive maintenance plan that uses water flow from hydrants to flush the pipe interior. This effort is designed to improve water quality, water delivery, and longevity of the ECUA water system infrastructure. 

 The UFP involves a system-wide set of design sequences to open and close valves and hydrants to flush the distribution system, and maximizes maintenance effectiveness. Normal flushing practices typically do not achieve the velocity required to remove normally-occurring deposits such as iron and manganese deposits.

 The benefits of the UFP program:

• Eliminate potential taste and odor issues.
• Promotes longevity of the infrastructure.
• Increases water pressure and improves flow characteristics of pipe.
• Minimizes the potential of discolored water in the event of main breaks.

ECUA Unidirectional Flushing Program, page 2.

 For more information visit the ECUA web site @ or contact Jim Roberts, public information officer,

  About ECUA: Originally founded as the Escambia County Utilities Authority in  1981, the Authority’s name was officially changed to the Emerald Coast Utilities  Authority on June 29, 2004. The ECUA is a local governmental body, existing under  the laws of the State of Florida to provide sanitation collection, water, and wastewater  services.