The Public Works Department will begin flushing fire hydrants on Monday, Oct. 16. Residents may notice lower water pressure and water discoloration during flushing.
The job of maintaining Great Bend’s fire hydrants falls on the water division of Public Works. This is no insignificant task as these hydrants stand ready to help save property and lives in times of crises.
Workers will be out in the community, opening the hydrants and letting water run into the streets.
The process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity to insure the integrity of the water system and deliver the highest quality water to customers.
The flushing gets rid of sediment, calcium deposits and rust that accumulate as the hydrants stand idle. The flushing also helps clean out all connecting water lines.
These plugs are known as “dry barrel” hydrant, meaning water drains from them when not in use and assures they won’t freeze in the winter.
City officials have answered from frequently asked questions:
Q: Why is my water pressure low?
A: You water pressure may be low due to the flushing of fire hydrants, which lowers the water pressure initially. This issue will be rectified once flushing is complete.
Q: Why is my water discolored?
A: Water discoloration or turbid water is caused by the stirring of sedimentation in the water main when hydrants are flushed.
Q: What should I do about the discolored water?
A: Run all faucets within your home for approximately 15 minutes or until water clears.
Q: If water is discolored, is it safe for consumption?
A: Yes. The discoloration is caused by harmless mineral deposits which settle in the water main and are stirred during the flushing activity. The water is harmless due to the amount of chlorine that is flushed through the lines.
Q: Who should I contact if water does not clear after recommended precautions or for more information?
A: If water does not clear, contact Public Works Utility Department, 620-793-4170.