2016 Hydrant Flushing Schedule
The following is a list of streets that will
have their hydrants flushed this spring. The listed hydrant
flushing schedule is approximate and subject to change.
Hydrant flushing ads are placed in The Hour newspaper
throughout the flushing schedule period.
Hydrant flushing can cause temporary
discolored water and/or localized pressure fluctuations.
This activity may cause some temporary customer
inconvenience, but does not pose a health threat.
The discolored water is
caused by the removal of accumulated iron and manganese that
have settled in the main.
The following tips are recommended during
- Please check the color of your water
- Avoid washing clothes or using hot water
during periods of temporarily discolored water.
- If your water is temporarily discolored,
run the COLD water in your bathtub. The time it takes for
the water to clear will vary depending on your location and
the length of your service pipe. You should run the water
periodically and if it is still discolored, wait about 15
minutes and repeat this procedure.
Why we flush our hydrants
Hydrant flushing plays an important role in
our operation and maintenance program. Water quality can
deteriorate during delivery from the treatment plant to the
consumer due to a number of factors including distance from
treatment plant, proximity to dead-end mains, type and condition
of mains, and water flow patterns.
Hydrant flushing can improve water quality by
removing accumulated sediment. Additional benefits of hydrant
flushing include maintaining chlorine disinfection levels,
eliminating taste and odor problems and controlling bacterial
Hydrant flushing provides an opportunity for
the department to check the amount of water flow available at
each hydrant, as well as the hydrant’s mechanical operation.
The overall benefits of the hydrant flushing program far
outweigh the temporary inconvenience associated with the