Fire Hydrant Flushing Begins in April
Due to the inclement weather, the hydrant flushing schedule will be pushed back at least two days. Depending on snow melt over the weekend, flushing will resume on Monday, April 15 , north of 45th Avenue, west of Fillmore Street. Revised schedule is below.
It is necessary to flush all fire hydrants in the city for several reasons:
- To ensure that hydrants are in good working condition.
- To flush out sediment and rust deposits that accumulate in the water system.
- To evaluate water pressure and flow throughout the city.
North of 45th Avenue, East of Central Avenue - April 8, 9, 10, 15
South of 45th Avenue, East of Central Avenue - April 16, 17, 18, 22
North of 45th Avenue, West of Central Avenue- April 23 24, 25, 26
South of 45th Avenue, West of Central Avenue- April 29, 30; May 1, 2
You may notice some temporary discoloration of the water while hydrant flushing is taking place in your area. The discoloration is caused by iron particles that have been dislodged from the water mains.
We recommend that you avoid washing clothes while hydrants are being flushed in your area, as discolored water may leave stains on your clothes. If your water is discolored, flush your residential system by running the cold water (perhaps water your lawn or trees) for 10 to 20 minutes.
NOTE: Additional localized hydrant flushing may be necessary throughout the spring, summer and fall to maintain and/or improve water quality.