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Fire Hydrant Flushing/Water Discoloration

Recently, our local fire departments performed the necessary task of hydrant flushing and testing in our District.  This is an important preventive maintenance activity that verifies proper operation of the hydrants and ensures adequate water flow will be available if the need for firefighting arises.

When hydrant flushing occurs, you may notice slightly yellow, orange, or brown-colored water coming from your faucet.  Sediments and compounds such as iron and manganese make it discolored as it is stirred up in the pipes.  This temporary discoloration only affects the appearance of the water, it does not cause a health or safety risk.

Discoloration may linger for a few hours.  If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water is clear.  If it continues, please call our office so we may flush your area.