Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant Flushing Overview

Hydrants in the City are flushed each year to ensure proper operation during fire emergencies and to clean any build up in the water lines that may occur. Hydrants that require maintenance are repaired by the Water Distribution crews.

This work typically takes several weeks to complete and is performed weekdays between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.

View the Hydrant Flushing Zone Map (PDF)

Water Discoloration

Water consumers may experience rusty or discolored water when hydrants are being flushed in your area. This condition is temporary with water quality returning to normal as flushing is completed. Customers are encouraged to check their cold water supply prior to using the water. If discoloration is discovered, customers should flush their cold water line for a short period until the discoloration clears.

Although the discolored water is not harmful to drink, it may stain light-colored clothes laundered in it. For this reason, consumers are advised to avoid washing clothes during the hours the flushing program is being conducted in their area. Residents experiencing problems may pick up laundry rust remover from the municipal water distribution office at 324 North Maple Street from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm weekdays.

At the conclusion of the flushing program, residents are encouraged to flush hot water heater tanks to remove any accumulations.

Flushing is a Necessity

We understand this may be an inconvenience to our water customers however, the flushing and testing program is necessary to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and high quality water.

During this process, City crews work in and near the road. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and use caution when approaching.

More Information

For additional information on the fire hydrant flushing and testing program, please call the Utilities Department at 419-354-6277.