To clean the water distribution system, FTMA personnel will systematically open our fire hydrants to increase water flows and velocities within the piping system to "flush" and remove any minerals and/or deposits (iron and manganese) from the pipes. While flushing, you may notice a temporary drop in pressure or discolored water. These are both expected results from flushing and will return to normal after the flushing activities are complete.
- Avoid using the washing machine during times of hydrant flushing.
- If discolored water occurs, simply run the cold water for a few minutes until it clears. This will allow the sediment to work through your pipes.
- In some cases, the discoloration may linger for a few hours. This discoloration of the water only affects the appearance and does not affect the water quality. No health hazards are associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing.
- If water pressure remains low after the flushing has been completed, check your faucet screens or any water filters for trapped particles.
BENEFITS OF FLUSHING
- Flushes sediments from the water lines and improves water quality
- Verifies proper operation of fire hydrants and valves
- Verifies amply water flow for fire fighting