What Is The Value To The Community To Have Hydrants Flushed/Flowed?
The Fire Department is able to determine proper operations of valves, visible and audible leaks, water pressure, flow of gallons per minute and ability to flush out sediment in the main. This practice not only extends the life of our water mains but improves water quality.
Why Is The Water Pressure Low?
Your water pressure may be reduced while hydrants in the area are flowed but will never stop. The pressure will return quickly.
Why Does My Water Look Discolored After Hydrant Flushing?
During the flushing process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains and flushing the fire hydrants stirs the deposits sometimes causing discoloration of the water.
Is The Discolored Water A Similar Situation To What Happened In Flint?
Is The Discolored Water Safe To Drink?
Yes. Even though the water may be discolored it is safe to drink. Compounds such as iron, manganese and other sediments make it discolored, but they do not have health effects. Although the water may not be visually appealing, it is safe to drink and continues to meet all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water.
There are routine water tests every day at the water plant. Some reports of discolored water are tested at various locations throughout town.
How Do I Get My Water Clear?
Most people prefer to drink clear water, to do this wait approximately one hour after the hydrant flushing has been discontinued in your area. Turn only cold water faucets on, preferably bathtubs or showers due to the larger volume, and let run for five minutes or until the water becomes clear.