Water hydrant system flushing is done every spring and fall and is done nightly approximately 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. It is done at night to minimize inconvenience to our customers. Discolored or rusty water may occur in some areas during flushing. The water is safe to drink, but if you are doing laundry and the water enters your washer, do not dry the clothes. Washing the items again after the water clears normally takes care of the problem.
The objectives of this program are to maintain the high quality of water in the distribution system and to make sure that all fire hydrants are in working order. While flushing, all hydrants are lubricated and operated as well as assessed for maintenance or potential replacement. The high flow rate attained by flushing the fire hydrant picks up any minerals that may have accumulated in the mains and removes them.
We apologize for any inconvenience that hydrant system flushing may cause but remind our customers that they ultimately benefit from system flushing through the maintenance of water quality and fire protection capability. Customers who have questions regarding water hydrant system flushing are encouraged to contact us at 219-326-9540.