- Fire Department
- Hydrant Flushing
Fire Hydrant Flushing for 2022 is now complete.
Hydrant Flushing and Waterline Maintenance
Solon firefighters will begin flushing fire hydrants starting on Sept 6, 2022 and continuing for about two months until completed. Hydrants are flushed to remove sediment in the water lines and to ensure the hydrant is drained and ready for cold temperatures. At the same time, threads and stems are fully operated and lubricated.
A list of streets which will be flushed within the next week will be updated daily, however our progress is often affected by emergency calls, weather conditions, training and other events. Check back daily for updates.
As a result of the line flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your home by running all water faucets for a few minutes.The same philosophy of water line and hydrant preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. Your home's water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturer's recommendation to keep it working effectively and efficiently.
Questions & Answers:
Q. Why does the water system need to be routinely flushed?
A. The city's water distribution system is a complex network of pipes and storage reservoirs where sediment or deposits may naturally accumulate over time. If not removed, these materials may cause water quality deterioration, taste and odor problems, or discoloration of the water. This can result in degraded water quality.
Q. When does the flushing normally occur?
Q. Is the Fire Department the only ones that flush the lines?
Q. What should I do when I see Fire crews flushing hydrants in my area?
Q. What should I do after the flushing?
Q. What should I do if my water pressure or volume seems low after flushing?
A. Check your faucet and washer screens for trapped debris.
Q. Why does the water look funny after hydrant flushing?
Q. Is it OK to drink sediment-laden or discolored water during temporary disturbance events?
A. It is recommended that water users wait until the water has cleared before using it for potable purposes.
Q. What is the silt in the water system after flushing?