We are responsible for the maintenance of hydrants across our service area in order to keep the quality of our water at a high standard and ensure preparation for fire hazards.
Fire Hydrant Flushing
Fire hydrant flushing is necessary to makes sure that proper flow and pressure is available in our water distribution system. Flushing also removes sediment from the system in order to maintain water quality.
How It Works
Flushing hydrants increases water flow through the system. This increase in flow stirs up minerals and deposits in the pipes and clears them out
When It Occurs
We only flush hydrants during the warmer weather to avoid winter hazards to vehicles and pedestrians.
Potential Impacts to Water Service
Flushing will not typically cause a water outage. However, it is common to see a drop in water pressure while crews are flushing a hydrant in your area. If pressure seems low after flushing is complete, check your faucet for trapped particles.
Water can become discolored after flushing and may linger for a few hours. If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water is clear. If it is not clear the after the first try, wait a few minutes and repeat this process. Customers are advised to avoid washing clothes until the water clears. If your laundry does become stained, do not put it in the dryer. Rewash the clothes with detergent and a rust removing agent. Rust remover can also clean stained fixtures.
We coordinate with local fire departments to avoid performing a flush on a hydrant that has recently been inspected and flushed by a local fire house.
Hydrant Safety Tips
Fire hydrants are an important safety feature of any neighborhood. They should be used responsibly and remain unobstructed. Vehicles cannot be parked any closer than 15-feet from a hydrant in any direction. Residents must also ensure there is three feet of clearance directly around a hydrant at all times to ensure accessibility for firefighters in case of an emergency.
We would like to remind residents that opening fire hydrants is not only illegal, but very dangerous. During extreme heat, residents may be tempted to pry open fire hydrants in an attempt to cool off. An open hydrant exposes water with extreme force that could easily cause injury. This volume of water is dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians.
It is important to be careful when shoveling snow so that you do not bury a fire hydrant. Hydrants should remain visible and not blocked by cars or shrubs, as this might delay fire fighters trying to extinguish a fire.