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City to begin hydrant flushing

City Utilities will open fire hydrants throughout Huntington to allow water to run through the pipes beginning July 31 at 11 p.m. until it is completed.

Crews will work 24 hours a day until finished. The process typically takes about five days from beginning to end.

There may be a temporary drop in water pressure during this time. Water may appear rusty or cloudy. This water is not harmful and will generally clear up in a few hours.

You may want to take the following precautions during this time frame.

• Fill a bottle with water and store it in the refrigerator to use for drinking or cooking.

• If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment that causes discoloration.
If you encounter discolored water, you may want to run your water for several minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If the water does not clear up, wait a few more minutes, flush and check again.
In some cases, there may be slight discoloration for a few days. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the water quality.

• Avoid washing laundry during flushing times. Wait until the water runs clear out of the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first. Hot water tanks can hold discolored water for some time after the cold water runs clear.

• You may want to flush your hot water tanks after the cold-water clears.

• If pressure seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.

The hydrant-flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the city’s water system.

They flush hydrants for the following purposes:

• Flushes sediments from mainline pipes.
• Verifies the proper operation of fire hydrants and valves.
• Checks for closed valves and weak flows in the water mains.
• Verifies ample flow for firefighting.
• Improves water quality.

If you see a hydrant-flushing crew in the area, or flushing on your street, drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.

For additional information about water quality call 356-3220.