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Fire Hydrant Flushing
Hydrant Flushing
Each month, the Public Works Department opens fire hydrants throughout the City and allows the water to flow through the pipes.  The hydrant-flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the City's water system.

Flushing serves the following purposes:

  • Flushes sediments from mainline pipes (which enhances water quality)
  • Verifies the proper operation in the water system
  • Helps find weaknesses in the water system
  • Checks for closed valves and weak flows in the water mains
  • Verifies ample flow for fire fighting

Hints During Hydrant Flushing

  1. There may be a temporary drop in water pressure at this time.
  2. Water may be rusty or cloudy.  Discolored water is not harmful and will clear up in a few hours.
  3. Fill a bottle with water and store it in the refrigerator to use for drinking or cooking.
  4. Flush your hot water tanks after the cold water clears.
  5. Do not wash white laundry during this period (wait until cold AND hot water are clear before laundering whites).

Hydrant Flushing Days

Fire Hydrants will be flushed on the following days. The City anticipates beginning the flushing at 12:01 am; however, this time is subject to change.

January 12, 2011
February 16, 2011
March 16 and 17, 2011
April 13, 2011
May 11, 2011
June 15, 2011
July 13, 2011
August 17, 2011
September 14 and 15, 2011
October 12, 2011
November 16, 2011
December 14, 2011

For additional information, download a copy of the Guide to Fire Hydrant Flushing(pdf)