FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING PROGRAM 2017
The process of hydrant flushing allows the Village of Chebanse Maintenance Department to test the fire hydrants to ensure a properly working water system. Hydrant flushing is done to improve water quality at the tap, increase the efficiency of the system, and help to uncover potential problems with valves and hydrants. Flushing also is used to remove sediment buildup in the water mains which will enhance the performance of the distribution system and improve or maintain the clarity of the water delivered to your home. During this process of flushing you may notice a temporary discoloration of your water supply, this is normal when the hydrants are being flushed and the sediment is being removed. However to help avoid staining of your laundry, we recommend that you do not wash clothing during the periods of the flushing. Water quality can deteriorate during delivery from the treatment plant to the consumer due to a number of factors.
- Distance from the treatment plant
- Proximity to dead-end water mains
- Type and condition of mains
- Water flow patterns
Fire Fighters depend on properly working hydrants with adequate pressure and water flow. A stuck or poor flowing hydrant could literally make the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. The condition of each hydrant is also used for reporting for the Insurance Service Organization (ISO), which rates municipalities' abilities to service fire calls. The ISO ratings are on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being the highest. Homeowner insurance rates are calculated based upon the ISO rating.
Frequently asked Questions
Q: What should I do when hydrants are being flushed in my area?
A: When you see a worker flushing hydrants in your area, avoid running opening tap and washing clothes until the flushing is completed. Drive carefully around an open running hydrant, watch for Fire or Public Works department personnel and keep children away from the crews.
Q: What should I do after hydrant flushing?
A: Water can become cloudy or discolored and full of sediment if run during flushing. If you experience cloudy or discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. Then run the cold water only for a few minutes for the water to clear up. This may need to be repeated a few hours later. The discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and poses no health hazards. If pressure or volume of water seems low, check faucet aerator screens for sediment.
Q: What about running appliances such as washing machines?
A: Avoid doing laundry during hydrant flushing. White clothes may become stained if the water is not properly cleared first. Do dark clothes in the first load after the hydrant flushing.
Q: Who do I call for more information?
A: For more information about hydrant flushing or water quality, please call the Chebanse Public Works department @ 815-697-2233. Hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.