Fire Hydrant Flushing

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Each year, the Huntington Water Department opens fire hydrants throughout the City and allows water to run through the pipes.  The hydrant-flushing program is very important to the maintenance of the City's water system.


We flush hydrants for the following purposes:


  • Flushes sediments from mainline pipes
  • Verifies the proper operation of fire hydrants and valves
  • Checks for closed valves and weak flows in the water mains
  • Verifies ample flow for fire fighting
  • Improves water quality


We will begin flowing hydrants August 24, 2015 on third shift and continue for one week.

There may be a temporary drop in water pressure during this time. Water may appear rusty or cloudy. This water is not harmful and will generally clear up in a few hours.


You may want to take the following precautions during this time frame.


1)      Fill a bottle with water and store it in the refrigerator to use for drinking or cooking.

2)      If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out full of sediment that causes discoloration.  If you encounter discolored water you may want to run your water for several minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes.  If the water is clear it's OK to use.  If not, wait a few more minutes and check again.  In some cases, there may be slight discoloration for a few days.  This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the water quality.

3)      Avoid washing laundry during flushing times.  Wait until the water runs clear out of the tap, then wash a load of dark clothes first.  Hot water tanks can hold discolored water for some time after the cold water runs clear.

4)      You may want to flush your hot water tanks after the cold water clears.

5)      If pressure seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.


If you see a crew flushing on your street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is completed.  If you see hydrant-flushing crew in the area, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew.

We would like to thank the citizens of Huntington for their cooperation and patience during this time.


For additional information about water quality please call the Water Plant, at 358-2309.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact Annette Carroll.