The Danville Fire Department will begin the 2019 Spring hydrant flushing and testing on Monday, April 22, 2019.
Signs will be posted in each area before flushing begins. Flushing will be done between 8:30 AM and 4:45 PM. Hydrant flushing and testing is done to ensure that all city-owned hydrants and water lines are operating properly and will be usable during a fire emergency. Hydrant flushing may cause discoloration of your household water in or near the areas being tested, which is a result of iron deposits being disturbed during the flushing process. Iron deposits can build up inside pressure tanks, water heaters and water pipes. It occasionally breaks loose, causing rusty water when faucets are first opened. This happens especially when city or household water lines are disturbed (e.g. moved, replaced, back flushed, or repaired) and rust breaks loose from old pipes.
Customers are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration prior to doing laundry. If you notice discoloration in the water, let it run until it clears before doing laundry. This usually takes less than five minutes. If laundry appears stained, keep the articles wet and rewash them using a rust-removing compound. Do not use bleach on stained laundry, as it will “set” the stain.
Listed is the tentative schedule. Streets include adjacent areas and roadways. Rain and emergencies may delay testing:
For more information contact: Danville Fire Department (859) 238-1211
Chief Ken Pflug