Why is all of that water just flowing out of the hydrant and into the street?

Hydrant flushing can prevent highly chlorinated water from entering the rest of the system after a leak or repair. The hydrants are also flushed to maintain the correct level of disinfectant in the water. Disinfectants degrade over time and need testing and adjustments to keep water safe. Heat actually makes this happen faster, so flushing is especially important during the summer.

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1. My water is discolored, is it safe to drink? What do I do?
2. What is backflow and who do I call for questions?
3. Why does the City flush water lines and fire hydrants?
4. Why is all of that water just flowing out of the hydrant and into the street?
5. Why is my water so warm?
6. What is drinking water chlorination?
7. Is drinking water chlorination required?
8. Is chlorinated water safe to drink?
9. What can water systems do about taste and/or smell from chlorination?
10. Is there anything I can do about the taste and/or smell?
11. Are there other options for disinfection besides chlorination?
12. What about bathing or showering with chlorinated water?
13. Does chlorine affect home water treatment, like water softening?