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Fire Hydrant Flushing

The City Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants April 9th, 10th & 11th from 7pm - midnight.

Will hydrant flushing affect your water?

During the flushing process, you may experience some water discoloration, especially when work is being done in your immediate neighborhood.  As water is flushed through water lines and out the hydrant, silt and mineral sediment can cause water to become discolored.  Once the hydrant flushing is complete, the water quality will return to normal.

Can I drink from the tap during hydrant flushing?

Although the water may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water.

What should you do?

Here’s what you should do if hydrant flushing is taking place in your neighborhood:

  • If possible, avoid using water while the hydrant flushing is taking place.  By not taking water from the tap or running appliances that use water (dishwashers and washing machines), you can prevent discolored water from entering your household plumbing altogether.
  • If you encounter discolored water following hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps throughout your home (bathroom tub) for 5 to 10 minutes or until water clears.  This allows discolored water to work its way out of your household plumbing.
  • If, after hydrant flushing, your water pressure or volume seems low, clean faucet screens to remove silt and mineral sediment that could be obstructing water flow.