Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing & Testing
Why is my water brownish/rust/tea-colored? Is the water safe?
During the flushing process residents may notice rusty water, as the sediments are agitated. This in no way affects the safety of the water. If discoloration occurs, we recommend that you run your household faucets for several minutes. This should help clear up any discoloration and result in the water running clear. When a hydrant is opened, the water in the mainline will flow out a high velocity. This creates a scouring action in the pipe and dislodges the sediment particles that may have accumulated in the pipe. The sediment then mixes with the water, turning the water a cloudy or rusty brown color. There is NO health hazard associated with the discolored water.
What should I do when city crews are flushing hydrants in my area?
Residents should avoid using their dishwasher and washing machine. Also, do not turn on the faucets inside the household while city crews are in the immediate area.