Did you know that fire hydrants can produce up to 500 gallons of water per minute? These are no simple mechanisms, and we find it extremely important that our hydrant system is maintained on a regular basis.
Hydrant flushing, contrary to popular opinion, is not the maintenance of the hydrant, but is actually for the quality of our water and our water system. In some areas where there is low water usage, hydrant flushing creates needed movement in the system to clear it of sediment and to stabilize the PH of the water. This clearing out of the sediment is why the water when initially coming out of the hydrant is a dark brown – but after a few minutes of flushing is crystal clear.
You may find a doorhanger at your home alerting you that the flushing operations will be taking place near you, OR you may receive a text message alerting you that flushing operations will be coming to your neighborhood. During these operations you may see water rushing down the storm drain infrastructure. While this is happening please do not run water in your home, as it may temporarily make your water high in sediment content.
Current Flushing Schedule
Please note, these are AREAS. When flushing happens in one area, it may affect all nearby water systems.
When flushing is taking place, please refrain from using water in your home!!