Spring Hydrant Flushing

Spring Hydrant Flushing
Posted on 04/19/2021
Spring Hydrant FlushingPublic works will start spring fire hydrant flushing Monday, April 19. The city flushes approximately 1,250 fire hydrants once in April and once in October. During normal operations of a water system, naturally occurring elements and minerals can settle in the water lines and solidify potentially impacting the operation of the system. Hydrant flushing moves water through the water lines at a fast rate to clean the lines and clear stagnant water at dead end lines.

During hydrant flushing, it is not unusual for residents to periodically experience discolored water, pressure changes, and/or an increased chlorine odor. The change in water flow patterns that occurs during hydrant flushing may stir up mineral deposits in city water mains. The iron or sediment present in the water is not a health issue, but it may impact the aesthetic quality (taste, odor, color) of the water.
Hydrant Flushing
If discolored water is present, residents may correct the problem by running an outside faucet (without a hose attached) or cold water faucets inside until the water runs clear. Residents are also encouraged to check the color of their water prior to doing laundry. Discolored water may stain clothes, particularly whites. If laundry stains occur keep the items damp until you are able to apply a rust remover. Rust removers, such as Iron Out or Rust-Go, are available at hardware and home improvement stores, and some grocery stores.

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