Thursday, April 11, 2013
Each April and October, the Mount Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) flushes hydrants at various locations throughout Mount Pleasant. The work is performed to ensure hydrants are functioning properly and to document the flow capacity for fire protection. In addition, the hydrants are flushed to clear accumulated sediment out of the water mains.
When a hydrant is flushed, the normal water flow in the pipes is increased and sediment may be disturbed and become suspended in the water causing discoloration. The discoloration is harmless, but it can create aesthetic problems. The sediment is naturally occurring in all water supplies and goes unnoticed until disturbed.
You should avoid washing clothes, especially white clothes, if you are experiencing water discoloration or see the MPFD in the neighborhood. Any discoloration will settle down soon after the MPFD leaves the area, however, you may need to clear the sediment from the lines in your house by running the water at all faucets for 5 – 15 minutes.