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?
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?
A.  Normally, flushing takes place for approximately a two month period.  In an effort to cause fewer disturbances to our residents, crews  from the Fire Stations flush the lines between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.​

​Q.  ​Is the Fire Department the only ones that flush the lines?
A.   No, Fire Departments are required to flush hydrants when they are testing hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is  available.  The Service Department may need to flush a hydrant after it is repaired.  Cleveland Water uses the hydrants whenever they need to perform repairs on the water lines. ​

​Q.  What should I do when I see Fire crews flushing hydrants in my area?
​A.   If you see a Fire crew flushing hydrants, PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY.​

​Q.  ​What should I do after the flushing?
A.   If the tap water is used during flushing, it could come out with sediment and discoloration.  If you encounter discolored water, shut the  water off and wait several minutes.  After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its  way into your pipes.  If not, wait a few more minutes and check again.  In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours.  This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.​

​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?
A.    When a hydrant is opened, there will always be temporary incidences of discolored water containing fine sediment particles.  There is  no health hazard associated with discolored water.  Allow a few hours for discoloration to dissipate.  To verify the water has settled,  allow your cold water tap to run a few minutes.  If the discoloration persists for more than twenty-four (24) hours, please contact  Cleveland Water Division at 216-664-3060, this is a 24 hour number.​

​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?
​A.    Water contains minerals and these minerals react with the inside of the pipe to produce the by-product.  This chemical reaction between  the pipe and water is a normal and natural process.  This process can occur on the inside of the pipe and prevent an adequate volume of water flow.  The flushing process removes much of this by-product which is why it is done annually.​​

Thank you!