Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing: Why it Matters & What to Expect
The Obetz Utilities Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing on Monday, September 21st. Hydrant flushing will start on Monday and continue through Friday, September 25th. Flushing will occur between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
The primary purpose of hydrant flushing is to verify the proper operation of the hydrants through periodic inspections, flow testing, and preventative maintenance. Secondarily, hydrant flushing is key to water quality related aesthetic issues by removing accumulated iron and mineral deposits from within the water line. Removing these materials through flushing maintains the high quality of the water provided to residents.
Fire hydrant flushing may cause temporary inconveniences such as a reduction in water pressure and discolored water. Discolored water is not a threat to the public’s health; however, it will stain laundry and if consumed may have an unpleasant taste. To prevent these things from happening we ask that during this process you do not wash laundry and have plenty of drinking water on hand. We also ask for residents to ensure that their vehicles are away from the hydrants.
Although residents may experience some temporary inconveniences, the annual hydrant flushing is necessary to maintain a good water supply for both firefighting and domestic purposes. Your cooperation during this time is appreciated. If you continue to notice discolored water coming from your water fixture please run the cold water side for approximately 5 minutes. If the discoloration persists, or you have any questions/concerns please feel free to contact Marty Ryan at 614-496-6770.