Why does the fire department flush fire hydrants?

The fire department flushes fire hydrants for several reasons, including:

  1. Ensuring proper functionality: Flushing hydrants helps to ensure that they are in proper working condition and can provide an adequate water supply during emergencies. It helps identify any issues such as low water pressure, blockages, or mechanical problems that may hinder their effectiveness.
  2. Maintaining water quality: Flushing removes stagnant water and sediment buildup from the hydrant and the water distribution system. This helps to maintain water quality by reducing the risk of bacteria growth, rust, and other contaminants that can accumulate over time.
  3. Testing water flow: By flushing hydrants, the fire department can test the water flow and pressure in the system. This information is crucial for determining the capabilities of the water supply and planning fire suppression strategies.
  4. Clearing debris and maintaining system reliability: Flushing helps to clear any debris or obstructions in the water pipes, ensuring that water can flow freely and preventing potential clogs. It also helps identify any maintenance needs in the distribution system, such as leaks or damaged pipes.

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1. Can I be notified in advance of hydrant flushing?
2. Can I use water during hydrant flushing?
3. Does hydrant flushing affect water service?
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6. Will hydrant flushing affect my water bill?