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Fire Hydrant Testing Is Underway

Posted on Apr 13, 2017

Spring hydrant testing is underway in Centerville/Washington Township through May 31. During testing, the Washington Township Fire Department flushes hydrants to make sure adequate water flow and pressure are available in the event of a fire.

Flushing also helps clear pipes of mineral deposits which can accumulate over time and affect the quality of water. However, brownish water can be a temporary side effect if a home’s tap is turned on during flushing. Residents who notice discolored water are advised to run cold water until it clears.

To avoid the possibility of fabric stains, wait to do laundry until the water runs clear and, as an added precaution, wash a load of dark clothes before whites. If laundry appears stained, don’t put it in the dryer. Instead, rewash the load using a rust remover product specifically for laundry. Never use bleach as it will set rust stains.

During hydrant testing, firefighters check hydrants for operability, flush them, perform pressure-testing, and grease the cap threads. Hydrants needing service are documented and reported to Montgomery County. In the fall, fire crews re-inspect hydrants to make sure they have been serviced. Last year, more than 4,000 hydrants were checked and flushed in the spring. For questions or concerns, call 433-3083.






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