City to flush hydrants next week

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WILMINGTON — Beginning Monday, April 15, the City of Wilmington Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the distribution system. This process is expected to continue for about six weeks.

The purpose of flushing hydrants is:

• Improve the quality of water reaching customers.

• Removal of sediment from water mains — before it hardens and adheres to the inside of the mains, which would reduce capacity and lifespan of the pipe.

• Verify the functionality of the hydrant for fire protection.

Flushing will generally occur between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Customers may experience discolored water due to the hydrant flushing. Despite the color, the water remains safe to use.

However, if this happens, run cold water for 15 to 30 minutes and the water should clear. If discoloration persists, call the water department at 937-382-3614.

The industry standard is to flush fire hydrants twice a year — in the spring and fall. More information on hydrant flushing is on the Water Department page of the city’s website

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