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Canal Winchester's Division of Water opens fire hydrants around the community twice each year during its fire hydrant flushing schedule. This allows water to flow through pipes, enhancing water quality by flushing sediment from mainline pipes. Flushing also verifies proper operation of hydrants and valves, and maintains firefighting capabilities. Fall fire hydrant flushing will take place between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., September 19th through October 7th.
If you see hydrant flushing crews working, please drive carefully and treat them like any other road construction crew. If you see a hydrant being flushed on your street, avoid running tap water, your washing machine, or your dishwasher until flushing in the area is complete.
During or immediately after hydrant flushing, tap water may come out with sediment that causes discoloration. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and poses no health threat.
Should you experience discoloration or other difficulties resulting from hydrant flushing, the water department suggests the following:
To learn more about the City's fire hydrant flushing program, including when the City will be flushing in your area, contact Canal Winchester's Division of Water at 614-837-5623.