Plain City flushing hydrants next week

July 21, 2014

The Village of Plain City Water Department will begin its bi-annual flushing of the village’s fire hydrants next week.

Flushing will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1. Hydrant flushing is necessary to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. Flushing is also done to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available for fire operations.

Flushing stirs up sediment, iron and manganese mineral deposits in the water mains which causes temporary discoloration. Discolored water does not pose a threat to the public’s health, but it can stain laundry and, if consumed, may have an unpleasant taste.

Residents should run taps till water clears to be certain all the discolored water is out of their home’s plumbing lines and hot water heater and that the water is clear before laundering clothes or drinking it.

Normally, rusty water events dissipate in four to six hours but could last longer depending of water usage in the area. If the event lasts more than 24 hours, please call the water department at 614-873-0781.