Fire Hydrant Flushing

Twice a year and especially following a main line pipe break, you may see Water and Sewer Utility Services personnel and/or authorized contractors releasing water from the fire hydrants within our community.

This process called “flushing”, allows us to test the fire hydrants to ensure that they are working properly. The sudden movement of water through it also removes accumulated sediment (mineral deposits) from the interior of iron pipes to enhance the performance of the water distribution system and maintain the clarity of the drinking water. Though the sediment (mineral deposits) is not harmful, it may discolor your water. The water is safe to drink.

Should this situation happen to you, simply allow your cold tap water to run for a short time until it is clear. If it doesn’t clear up after a few minutes, wait 30 to 60 minutes and try running the water again.

It is strongly recommended that you wait until the water is clear again before washing any clothes