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Fall Fire Hydrant Flushing Program

Sturgeon Bay Utilities will be performing its fall fire hydrant flushing activities beginning on September 20, 2009 This work will take about 30 days to complete and will generally be performed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

About Fire Hydrant Flushing

SBU flushes fire hydrants twice each year to clean out deposits in the water lines, to verify the hydrants are in proper working order, and to assure continued high quality drinking water. Fire hydrant flushing also provides the Fire Department and Water Utility with valuable information.

What takes place during fire hydrant flushing?

During the flushing process the utility operator opens each hydrant to its maximum flow. The velocity of the flow of water stirs up deposits and sediments that have accumulated in the pipes and removes them from the system. The operator cleans and lubricates accessible moving parts, checks the operation of the hydrant and records any deficiencies for repair. Periodic flow testing is also conducted, providing the Fire Department with important information for pre-fire planning.

Will hydrant flushing affect my water?

During the flushing process, you may experience some water discoloration. Although discolored, the water is not harmful to your health. Once the hydrant flushing is complete, the water quality will improve.

What precautions should I take?

Before doing laundry or other projects that may suffer from discolored water, make sure the water runs clear. If you develop a problem with rust on laundry items, do not dry the affected articles! Drying will set the stain, making removal more difficult. Rust remover products are available at local stores, follow the manufacturer’s directions for best results.

We thank you in advance for your patience during the completion of this work. If you have any questions please contact us at (920) 746-2820

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