Huber Heights to begin fire hydrant flushing

Staff report

HUBER HEIGHTS – The Huber Heights Division of Water and Wastewater operated by SUEZ will begin flushing all fire hydrants beginning Monday, August 8, 2016. The flushing of fire hydrants is part of a routine and necessary maintenance program. Flushing will continue during the next eight weeks. A tentative schedule for the areas to be flushed is listed below:

Hydrant Flushing Schedule

  • 08/08 – 08/12 All streets West of Old Troy Pike, between I-70 & Chambersburg Rd.
  • 08/15 – 08/19 All streets between Old Troy Pike & Brandt Pike, from Taylorsville Rd. to Executive Blvd.
  • 08/22 – 08/26 All streets between Executive Blvd & Charlesgate Rd.
  • 08/29 – 09/02 All streets North of Charlesgate Rd. to the Northern City limits.
  • 09/06 – 09/09 All streets South of Taylorsville Rd to Chambersburg Rd.
  • 09/12 – 09/16 All streets South of Chambersburg Rd to Fishburg Rd
  • 09/19 – 09/23 All streets South of Fishburg Rd. to the Southern City limits.
  • 09/26 – 09/30 Huber East Water District (formerly known as Valley Water Works)

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 of the hydrants used for firefighting purposes.

Fire hydrant flushing may cause temporary inconveniences such as a reduction in water pressure and aesthetic issues such as discoloration of the drinking water. Discolored water is generally not a threat to the public’s health, but it will stain laundry and if consumed may have an unpleasant taste. If water appears discolored run a cold water faucet until the water runs clear. This generally takes less than five minutes. If the water still does not run clear, feel free to call the Water Department at (937) 233- 3292.

During flushing in your area, customers are advised to check their water for signs of discoloration prior to doing laundry. If laundry is done and it 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 Road has a limited supply of the iron removing compound. It also can be purchased at most hardware stores.

This hydrant flushing schedule and information is also available on the City’s website at

Staff report

Reach the Huber Heights Water Department at (937) 233- 3292.

Reach the Huber Heights Water Department at (937) 233- 3292.