Fire Hydrant Flushing Notice!

The Water Authority will be flushing the fire hydrants and conducting an inspection during the month of June and early July. This is regular maintenance to ensure that the hydrants are in proper working order and to maintain the integrity of the water system. If you notice the water flushing crew is near your property, refrain from using water, and delay washing clothes for 24 hours.

FAQs

How come my water is discolored, buy my neighbor didn’t notice my discoloration? 

If the water inside a home or business is turned on while hydrant flushing is going on, discolored water may enter your plumbing.  If a neighbor did not use water during the day, they most likely will not notice any discoloration. 

My water is discolored.  What should I do?

Wait until flushing has subsided in your area then run a cold water tap until the water runs clear. Remember rust colored water is safe, but it may stain laundry.  If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover.

Why does the Authority flush hydrants?

Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants.  It’s a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of the City’s water distribution system.  It ensures adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, residents and businesses.  It also improves water quality by clearing iron and other mineral deposits from the water mains.

What are the effects of hydrant flushing?

During the flushing of a hydrant, some customers may notice reduced water pressure and flow.

Why is my water rust/tea-colored from the hydrant flushing?  Is the water safe?

Sometimes hydrant flushing can make the water temporarily appear rust-colored because the iron and other mineral deposits in the water mains get stirred up.  There is no health hazard associated with discolored water.  Water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing, however it may stain laundry.

The same philosophy of water line and hydrant preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. Your home’s water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturers’ recommendations, to keep it working effectively and efficiently.