HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights Division of Water and Wastewater, operated by United Water Environmental Services, will begin flushing fire hydrants on dead end mains beginning Monday, Aug. 31.
The flushing of fire hydrants is part of a routine maintenance program, according to United Water Manager Pam Whited. Flushing will continue for approximately four weeks.
A tentative schedule for the areas to be flushed is listed below.
The week of:
Aug. 31 to Sept. 4: Chambersburg north to I-70 east and west to city limits.
Sept. 7-11: North of I-70 to city limits east and west.
Sept. 14-18: Chambersburg south to Fishburg Rd.
Sept. 21-25: Fishburg to city limits east and west.
During the flushing process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains, and flushing the fire hydrant stirs the deposits sometimes causing discoloration. Flushing removes the sediments from the mains. It also allows an inspection of each hydrant to verify proper operation if it is needed during a fire.
Customers are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration prior to doing laundry. If laundry appears stained, keep the articles wet and rewash them using a rust removing compound. Do not use bleach on stained laundry as bleach will “set” the stain. Huber Heights Water Department on Chambersburg Rd. has a limited supply of the iron removing compound. It also can be purchased at most hardware stores.
If you notice discoloration in the water, let it run until it clears before doing laundry. This usually this takes less than five minutes. If the water does not clear up within five minutes, call the Water Department at 233-3292.
Your water is completely safe to drink at all times during the hydrant flushing program, according to Whited.